|biting louse or bird louse|
|bird louse or bird louse|
|—n , pl lice, louses|
|1.||any wingless bloodsucking insect of the order Anoplura: includes Pediculus capitis (head louse), Pediculus corporis (body louse), and the crab louse, all of which infest manRelated: pedicular|
|2.||biting louse, bird louse any wingless insect of the order Mallophaga, such as the chicken louse: external parasites of birds and mammals with biting mouthparts|
|3.||any of various similar but unrelated insects, such as the plant louse and book louse|
|4.||slang an unpleasant or mean person|
|5.||to remove lice from|
|[Old English lūs; related to Old High German, Old Norse lūs]|
n. pl. lice (līs)
Any of numerous small, flat-bodied, wingless biting or sucking insects of the orders Mallophaga or Anoplura, many of which are external parasites on humans.
any of two groups of chewing lice (order Phthiraptera) that live on birds and feed on feathers, skin, and sometimes blood. Probably all bird species have these chewing lice. Although they are not harmful, if they become too numerous, their irritation may cause the bird to damage itself by scratching and may even interfere with egg production and the fattening of poultry.
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