from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (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.

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

  • noun biting lice


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