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

  • n. One employed to lay slate surfaces, as on roofs.
  • n. See pill bug.
  • n. See sow bug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who lays slates, or whose occupation is to slate buildings.
  • n. Any terrestrial isopod crustacean of the genus Porcellio and allied genera; a sow bug.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who lays slates, or whose occupation is to slate buildings.
  • n. Any terrestrial isopod crustacean of the genus Porcellio and allied genera; a sow bug.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes or lays slates; one whose occupation is the roofing of buildings with slate.
  • n. A general name of cursorial isopods.
  • n. A tool, with blade of slate, used for fleshing or slating hides.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various small terrestrial isopods having a flat elliptical segmented body; found in damp habitats

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  • "it's better than a slater up yer nose" is a Scottish saying that i would often hear when i was growing up.

    December 8, 2008

  • These are also called wood lice where we are.

    November 11, 2007