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  • n. A woodlouse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any one of numerous species of terrestrial Isopoda belonging to Oniscus, Porcellio, and allied genera of the family Oniscidæ. They feed chiefly on decaying vegetable substances.
  • n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hog-louse; a pill-bug; a sow; any terrestrial isopod of the family Oniscidæ, as Oniscus asellus. Some sow-bugs can roll themselves up into a ball like a tiny armadillo. See sow, n., 2, and cut under Oniscus.

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

  • n. terrestrial isopod having an oval segmented body (a shape like a sow)

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Examples

  • It's so large, in comparison to its land-dwelling relative, the familiar and even slightly cute pillbug or sowbug, because of the phenomenon of deep sea gigantism, which also gives rise to the giant squid.

    April 2010

  • In sections of low-gradient rivers, beds of aquatic vegetation provide habitat for crustaceans, particularly scuds and the aquatic sowbug.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • I tip over the stump holding the squirrel feeder and grab a sowbug, crushing it between my fingers.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • From before, the ship reminded him of a fat sowbug.

    A Fire Upon the Deep

  • The writer has a cherry-stone in which is coiled up an insect, best known as the sowbug.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 324, March 18, 1882

  • If there is pathos in this, there is bathos in his apostrophe to the millipede, beginning "Poor sowbug!" and eulogizing the healing virtues of that odious little beast; of which he tells us to take "half a pound, putt 'em alive into a quart or two of wine," with saffron and other drugs, and take two ounces twice a day.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • He had company; the wood swarmed with tiny flies, assorted miniscule beetles, and at least one sowbug.

    BC Bloggers

  • It’s so large, in comparison to its land-dwelling relative, the familiar and even slightly cute pillbug or sowbug, because of the phenomenon of deep sea gigantism, which also gives rise to the giant squid.

    BOOK VIEW CAFE BLOG » The Sessile Eye of the Isopod: Getting Ideas

  • I don’t know which pictures I enjoyed the most: the ones of the house fly sitting on a leaf or the one of the sowbug crawling on the ground.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast PM: June 20, 2006

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