body louse

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body louse

A parasitic louse (Pediculus humanus subsp. humanus) that infests the clothes and body of humans and can transmit diseases such as typhus.
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(n. laʊs; v. also laʊz)

n., pl. lice (līs) for 1–3, lous•es for 4, n.
1. any of various small, flat, wingless insects of the order Anoplura, with sucking mouthparts, that are parasitic on humans and other mammals, as Pediculus humanuscapitis (head louse) and P. humanus corporis (body louse).
2. any similar insect of the order Mallophaga, with biting mouthparts, parasitic on birds and some mammals.
3. aphid.
4. Slang. a contemptible person.
5. to delouse.
6. louse up, Slang. to spoil; botch.
[before 900; Middle English lous(e),luse, Old English lūs, c. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German, Old High German, Old Norse lūs]
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Noun1.body louse - a parasitic louse that infests the body of human beingsbody louse - a parasitic louse that infests the body of human beings
louse, sucking louse - wingless usually flattened bloodsucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animals
genus Pediculus, Pediculus - type genus of Pediculidae: true lice infecting humans
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