sow bug

any of several small, terrestrial isopods, especially of the genus Oniscus; wood louse.

1740–50 Unabridged
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sow bug (saʊ)
(US), (Canadian) any of various woodlice, esp any of the genera Oniscus and Porcellio
[C18: from its resemblance to a pig in shape]

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Example sentences
The sow bug is a fat-bodied, flat creature with distinct segments.
So far, the car is best embodied in a tapered silvery shape, part sow bug and part model for a science-fiction film.
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