from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An isopod crustacean of the family Oniscidæ; a kind of wood-louse, slater, or sow-bug which can roll itself into a ball like a pill. One such species is technically called Armadillo pilularis.
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After we moved out the shelf, I picked up the pots, only to discover a huge pile of ancient white pill-bug exoskeletons.
This is the biggest damned pill-bug I've ever seen.
Lasy M is right, it Totally looks like a golden pill-bug idol.
Bathynomus giganteus, a deep sea pill-bug the size of a large shoe, is an extreme example of gigantism among crustaceans, making it something like the Komodo Dragon among island lizards.