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sow bug

[sou] /saʊ/
any of several small, terrestrial isopods, especially of the genus Oniscus; wood louse.
Origin of sow bug
1740-50 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sow bug

sow bug

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