from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of wingless thysanurous insects having an elongated flattened body, covered with shining scales and terminated by seven unequal bristles. A common species (Lepisma saccharina) is found in houses, and often injures books and furniture; it feeds on starch and eats sized paper and starched clothes. Called also shiner, silverfish, silver witch, silver moth, and furniture bug.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Lepismatidæ, having three long and four short caudal filaments, very long antennæ, and the body flat and scaly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. type genus of the Lepismatidae: silverfish
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Both are very old and stained and bitten by the _bête-à-ciseau_, a species of _lepisma_, which destroys books and papers, and everything it can find exposed.