sucking louse


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Related to sucking louse: Chewing louse, Biting lice

sucking louse

n.
Any of various lice of the suborder Anoplura that have mouthparts capable of piercing and sucking and that feed on the blood of mammals, including humans.

sucking louse

n
(Animals) any insect of the order Anoplura. See louse1
[so named because it has a mouth adapted for sucking the body fluids of its host]

louse

(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.
v.t.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sucking louse - wingless usually flattened bloodsucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animalssucking louse - wingless usually flattened bloodsucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animals
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Anoplura, order Anoplura - sucking lice
common louse, Pediculus humanus - head or body louse
head louse, Pediculus capitis - infests the head and body of humans
body louse, cootie, Pediculus corporis - a parasitic louse that infests the body of human beings
crab louse, Phthirius pubis, pubic louse, crab - a louse that infests the pubic region of the human body
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