biting louse

biting louse
biting louse n any of numerous wingless insects of the order Mallophaga that are mostly parasitic on birds but sometimes on mammals, have mouths adapted to biting instead of sucking, and feed on feathers, hair, or skin of the host often causing injury called also bird louse

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any member of the order Mallophaga; called also bird l.

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  • biting louse — noun wingless insect with mouth parts adapted for biting; mostly parasitic on birds • Syn: ↑bird louse, ↑louse • Derivationally related forms: ↑lousy (for: ↑louse) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • biting louse — noun Date: 1896 any of numerous wingless insects (order Mallophaga) that are parasitic especially on birds called also bird louse …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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