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or book louse (bo͝ok′lous′)
n. pl. book·lice or book lice (-līs′)
Any of various small, often wingless insects of the order Psocoptera that feed on stored flour products, paper, or bookbindings.


n, pl -lice
(Animals) any small insect of the order Psocoptera, esp Trogium pulsatorium (common booklouse), a wingless species that feeds on bookbinding paste, etc


or book′ louse`,

n., pl. -lice (-ˌlaɪs)
any of numerous minute wingless insects of the order Psocoptera.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.booklouse - minute wingless psocopterous insects injurious to books and papersbooklouse - minute wingless psocopterous insects injurious to books and papers
psocopterous insect - small soft-bodied insect with chewing mouthparts and either no wings or two pairs
genus Liposcelis, Liposcelis - a genus of Psocidae
common booklouse, Trogium pulsatorium - a variety of booklouse
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discuss the endosymbionts of booklice and barklice (Psocoptera) and true lice (Phthiraptera).
The different groups that are dealt with in detail include mites from the family Cunaxidae, pseudoscorpions (Pseudoscorpionides), springtails (Collembola), booklice (Psocoptera), earwigs (Dermaptera), beetles (Coleoptera) belonging to some 17 different families, including such important ones as the ground beetles (Carabidae), hide and carpet beetles (Dermestidae), blister beetles (Meloidae) and weevils (Curculionoidea).
The sections on other insect orders of importance, moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera), psocids, booklice and dustlice (Psocoptera), true bugs (Hemiptera), and parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera) follow the same format used for Coleoptera.
For example, the two booklice icons to the right of the Masterpiece Maker button insert a generic chapter structure with the first lesson in place for authoring new content and set margins and other document characteristics.