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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or caused by lice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to lice.
  • adj. Having the lousy distemper, phthiriasis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to lice; having the lousy distemper (phthiriasis); lousy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as pediculous.


Latin pēdiculāris, from pēdiculus, diminutive of pēdis, louse; see pezd- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin pedicularis, from pediculus a louse: compare French pédiculaire. (Wiktionary)


  • "Can't be too pedicular in a pinch," he grinned as he wriggled dubiously into the dry garments, and in a few minutes he was seated beside the girl upon a rough bench drawn close to the fire.

    The Promise A Tale of the Great Northwest

  • Even now the Homoeopathists have been introducing the venom of serpents, under the learned title of Lachesis, and outraging human nature with infusions of the pediculus capitis; that is, of course, as we understand their dilutions, the names of these things; for if a fine-tooth-comb insect were drowned in Lake Superior, we cannot agree with them in thinking that every drop of its waters would be impregnated with all the pedicular virtues they so highly value.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works


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