from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. An extensive group of insects which are parasitic on birds and mammals, and feed on the feathers and hair; -- called also bird lice. See Bird louse, under bird.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A group of ametabolous apterous parasitic insects with mandibulate mouth-parts and coalesced mesometathorax, jointed antennæ and palpi, superior spiracles, and short stout legs ending in hooked claws.
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- n. biting lice
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Ocular fleck: in Mallophaga, a small, intensely black spot of pigment in the eyes.
Ocular emargination: in Mallophaga, a lateral emargination of the head in which the eye is received posteriorly.
Occipital margin: in Mallophaga, the posterior margin of the head.
Lipoptera: = Mallophaga; q.v. Literate: ornamented with characters like letters.
Platyptera: flat and broad-winged: an ordinal term applied to insects with four net-veined wings, secondaries longitudinally folded beneath primaries; mouth mandibulate; prothorax free; transformations complete: Psocidae, Termitidae, Perlidae and Mallophaga.
Hind-head: Mallophaga; that part of head behind mandibles and antennae.
Oral fossa: in Mallophaga, a furrow lying in front of the mandibles.
Forehead: in Mallophaga, the head in front of the mandibles and antennae.
Antennary furrow: in Mallophaga, grooves on the under side of the head in which the antennae lie.
Paunch: a crop-like accessory pouch in some Mallophaga: any pouch-like appendage of the alimentary canal.
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