from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of Pediculidæ or true lice, having the body broad and flat, and the two hinder pairs of legs very much thickened; the crab-lice (so called from their appearance).

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  • n. true lice: crab lice


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  • What inducement has a young and beautiful woman to toil early and late for an honest livelihood when by so doing she forfeits the right to be called respectable -- is flouted by even the paltry plutocracy of a country town and proclaimed a social pariah by such a headless phthirius pubis as Halliwell!

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 10


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