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woodlouse

/ˈwʊdˌlaʊs/
noun (pl) -lice (-ˌlaɪs)
1.
any of various small terrestrial isopod crustaceans of the genera Oniscus, Porcellio, etc, which have a flattened segmented body and occur in damp habitats See also pill bug
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  • One of the few people who had not been at the fire was our friend woodlouse.

    Garman and Worse Alexander Lange Kielland
  • Up to the present this is the only woodlouse which has been found in the nests of British ants.

    The British Woodlice Wilfred Mark Webb
  • Doctor Fernie gives some interesting extracts with regard to the hog-louse and the woodlouse.

    The British Woodlice Wilfred Mark Webb
  • They lie now where the woodlouse may eat them if it has so lowly an appetite.

  • woodlouse was no better; but Torpander kept as sober as usual, looking towards the door every time he heard a noise.

    Garman and Worse Alexander Lange Kielland
  • In the woodlouse these excretory organs open on the second pair of maxillae.

    The British Woodlice Wilfred Mark Webb
  • woodlouse resisted it for a long time, but in the end he was obliged to give way.

    Garman and Worse Alexander Lange Kielland
  • Professor woodlouse thought that he and his brother scholars, by lying hid and being quiet, might maybe catch a live one.

    Sketches New and Old, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • So the poor old woodlouse retreated out of sight, consumed with shame.

    Sketches New and Old, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • woodlouse and the Swede looked at each other meaningly, and each went his way without saying a word.

    Garman and Worse Alexander Lange Kielland
Word Origin and History for woodlouse
n.

1610s, from wood (n.) + louse (n.). So called from being found in old wood.

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