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Any of various small soft-bodied chewing insects of the order Psocoptera, which includes the booklice. The psocids are sometimes classified together with the parasitic lice in the order Psocodea.
[From New Latin Psōcidae, family name, from Psōcus, type genus, from Greek psōkhos, dust.]
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(Animals) any of numerous tiny winged or wingless insects of the order Psocoptera, which feed on fragments of vegetable and animal matter in bark and straw, and among books and papers, and are sometimes pests of stored products
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pso•cid(ˈsoʊ sɪd, ˈsɒs ɪd)
any of numerous tiny lice of the order Psocoptera, many of which are pests on woody plants and plant products, as the booklouse.
[1890–95; < New Latin Psocidae=Psoc(us) name of a genus (< Greek psôchos dust) + -idae -id2]
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|Noun||1.||psocid - small winged insect living on the bark and leaves of trees and feeding on e.g. fungi and decaying plant matter|
psocopterous insect - small soft-bodied insect with chewing mouthparts and either no wings or two pairs
family Psocidae, Psocidae - a family of small soft-bodied insects that feed on decaying vegetation; related to booklice
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