from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One of various parasitic isopod crustaceans, as those of the family Cymothoidæ.
- noun The Molucca crab, or horseshoecrab of the East Indies, Limulus moluccensis: translating an old book-name, “pediculus marinus.”
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Some think it is to get rid of the sea-louse; but this supposition must be set aside, when it is known that this insect adheres only to a portion of the newly-run fish which are in best condition.
There is a certain amount of quiet humour about Campbell's record; for instance, he states that they used their "pram" or Norwegian skiff and tried trawling for biological specimens on March 27 -- "our total catch was one sea-louse, one sea-slug, and one spider."