mallophaga

Mallophaga

Mal*loph"a*ga\, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a lock of wool + ? to eat.] (Zo["o]l.) An extensive group of insects which are parasitic on birds and mammals, and feed on the feathers and hair; -- called also bird lice. See Bird louse, under Bird.
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