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. They are known as bird-lice, and are very numerous and diversiform. By some they are regarded as Hemiptera degraded and distorted by parasitism, and placed with the true lice in a group Parasita or Anoplura; by others they are held to constitute a super-family or suborder of Pseudoneuroptera, and by others again a suborder of Corrodentia. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) 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.
- n. biting lice
“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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