pill bug

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or pill bug  (pĭl′bŭg′)
1. See woodlouse.
2. Any of various woodlice of the family Armadillidiidae, having the ability to roll into a tight ball. Also called doodlebug, roly-poly.
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pill bug

(Animals) any of various woodlice of the genera Armadillidium and Oniscus, capable of rolling up into a ball when disturbed
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pill′ bug`

any of various small terrestrial isopods, esp. of the genera Armadillidium and Oniscus, that can roll themselves up into a spherical shape.
[1835–45, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pill bug - small terrestrial isopod with a convex segmented body that can roll up into a ballpill bug - small terrestrial isopod with a convex segmented body that can roll up into a ball
slater, woodlouse - any of various small terrestrial isopods having a flat elliptical segmented body; found in damp habitats
Armadillidium, genus Armadillidium - type genus of the Armadillidiidae
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(Curl your body into a little ball like a pill bug, pulling in your arms and legs and taking care to protect your head.) Coaches are vigilant about not letting kids even walk on the track unless they're in full protective gear.
Now the Silicon Valley start-up's autonomous, unmanned vehicles -- which resemble a giant pill bug on wheels and can reach 25 mph as they operate on major roadways alongside cars -- have announced plans for a new mission: delivering Domino's pizzas to customers.
The pill bug Armadillidium vulgare (Latreille 1804) is a species of isopods (Crustacea: Isopoda), and can be commonly found at the reclaimed coast in eastern China.
In the common pill bug (a type of terrestrial crustacean), Wolbachia passed to eggs can make genetic males develop into functional females without any gene transfer.
Damselflies, ants, and a bespectacled pill bug mister and missus all rally together to build a bug-sized treehouse with some surprising results, and, as an added bonus, all the major players are ready to be perforated into finger puppets, adding to the pageantry of story time and wonder of nature as seen through the eyes of its tiniest inhabitants.
Possible replies: pill bug, doodlebug, potato bug, roly poly, sow bug, twiddle bug, wood louse, millipede and centipede.
Springfield School District Superintendent Nancy Golden sat entranced in front of a scanning electron microscope, looking at the stunning detailed image of a pill bug magnified 4,000 times.
This small crustacean is similar to the terrestrial pill bug but is aquatic and is found in only one thermal spring near Socorro, New Mexico.
Phylogenetically, Ligia and the pill bug Armadillidum vulgare belong to the same suborder (Oniscoidea) of Isopoda.
In a pill bug relative that Shuster studies, males with antlers on their rears defend cavities where females gather.
Worms, grubs, beetles, ants, termites, crickets, pill bugs, and daddy longlegs all succumb to our voracious covey of quail.
Pill bugs, or roly poly bugs, are actually related to lobsters and crabs but live on land.