sow bug


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sow·bug

or sow bug  (sou′bŭg′)
n.
1. See woodlouse.
2. Any of various woodlice, especially of the genera Oniscus and Porcellio, that lack the ability of pillbugs to roll into a ball.

[From its piglike shape.]

sow bug

(saʊ)
n
(Animals) US and Canadian any of various woodlice, esp any of the genera Oniscus and Porcellio
[C18: from its resemblance to a pig in shape]

sow′ bug`

(saʊ)
n.
any of several small terrestrial isopods, esp. of the genus Oniscus; wood louse.
[1740–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sow bug - terrestrial isopod having an oval segmented body (a shape like a sow)sow bug - terrestrial isopod having an oval segmented body (a shape like a sow)
slater, woodlouse - any of various small terrestrial isopods having a flat elliptical segmented body; found in damp habitats
genus Oniscus, Oniscus - type genus of the Oniscidae; woodlice that cannot roll into a ball
genus Porcellio, Porcellio - Old World genus of isopod crustaceans
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