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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See biting louse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a wingless insect of the group Mallophaga, of which the genera and species are very numerous and mostly parasitic upon birds. -- Bird mite (Zoöl.), a small mite (genera Dermanyssus, Dermaleichus and allies) parasitic upon birds. The species are numerous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a kind of lice which infest the plumage of birds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wingless insect with mouth parts adapted for biting; mostly parasitic on birds

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