sow bug

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Related to sow bugs: Rollie pollies, pill bugs


or sow bug  (sou′bŭg′)
1. See woodlouse.
2. Any of various woodlice, especially of the genera Oniscus and Porcellio, that lack the ability of pillbugs to roll into a ball.

[From its piglike shape.]

sow bug

(Animals) US and Canadian any of various woodlice, esp any of the genera Oniscus and Porcellio
[C18: from its resemblance to a pig in shape]

sow′ bug`

any of several small terrestrial isopods, esp. of the genus Oniscus; wood louse.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sow bug - terrestrial isopod having an oval segmented body (a shape like a sow)sow bug - terrestrial isopod having an oval segmented body (a shape like a sow)
slater, woodlouse - any of various small terrestrial isopods having a flat elliptical segmented body; found in damp habitats
genus Oniscus, Oniscus - type genus of the Oniscidae; woodlice that cannot roll into a ball
genus Porcellio, Porcellio - Old World genus of isopod crustaceans
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