biting louse


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biting louse

n.
Any of numerous lice that have chewing mouthparts and feed on the feathers, fur, and skin of birds and mammals. Also called chewing louse.

biting louse

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bird louse

n
(Animals) See louse2
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Noun1.biting louse - wingless insect with mouth parts adapted for bitingbiting louse - wingless insect with mouth parts adapted for biting; mostly parasitic on birds
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
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Although infestations by the biting louse Bovicola ovis do not cause the loss of body condition associated with sheep scab, they do cause considerable wool loss and make housed sheep very restless," explains Schering-Plough Animal Health livestock veterinary adviser Paul Williams.