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n. Slang
A body louse.

[Probably from Malay kutu.]
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(Animals) US and NZ a slang name for the body louse. Also called (NZ): kutu See louse1
[C20: perhaps from Malay or Māori kutu louse]
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(ˈku ti)

n. Informal.
a body louse.
[1910–15; perhaps < Malay kutu]
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Colloquial for head louse.
1001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn’t Know by W.R. Runyan Copyright © 2011 by W.R. Runyan
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cootie - a parasitic louse that infests the body of human beingscootie - 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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n (US inf) → Laus f
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