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Meaning of LOUSE

Pronunciation:  laws

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  wingless usually flattened blood-sucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animals
  2. [n]  wingless insect with mouth parts adapted for biting; mostly parasitic on birds
  3. [n]  any of several small insects especially aphids that feed by sucking the juices from plants
  4. [n]  has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect

LOUSE is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: bird louse, biting louse, dirt ball, insect, plant louse, sucking louse, worm
 See Also: adelgid, Anoplura, aphid, body louse, chicken louse, common louse, cootie, crab, crab louse, disagreeable person, grape louse, grape phylloxera, head louse, homopteran, homopterous insect, insect, jumping plant louse, Mallophaga, Menopon gallinae, Menopon palladum, oak blight, order Anoplura, order Mallophaga, Pediculus capitis, Pediculus corporis, Pediculus humanus, Phthirius pubis, Phylloxera vitifoleae, psylla, psyllid, pubic louse, shaft louse, unpleasant person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Louse\ (lous), n.; pl. {Lice} (l[imac]s). [OE. lous, AS.
    l[=u]s, pl. l[=y]s; akin to D. luis, G. laus, OHG. l[=u]s,
    Icel. l[=u]s, Sw. lus, Dan. luus; perh. so named because it
    is destructive, and akin to E. lose, loose.] (Zo["o]l.)
    1. Any one of numerous species of small, wingless, suctorial,
       parasitic insects belonging to a tribe ({Pediculina}), now
       usually regarded as degraded Hemiptera. To this group
       belong of the lice of man and other mammals; as, the head
       louse of man ({Pediculus capitis}), the body louse ({P.
       vestimenti}), and the crab louse ({Phthirius pubis}), and
       many others. See {Crab louse}, {Dog louse}, {Cattle
       louse}, etc., under {Crab}, {Dog}, etc.
    2. Any one of numerous small mandibulate insects, mostly
       parasitic on birds, and feeding on the feathers. They are
       known as Mallophaga, or bird lice, though some occur on
       the hair of mammals. They are usually regarded as degraded
       Pseudoneuroptera. See {Mallophaga}.
    3. Any one of the numerous species of aphids, or plant lice.
       See {Aphid}.
    4. Any small crustacean parasitic on fishes. See
       {Branchiura}, and {Ichthvophthira}.
    Note: The term is also applied to various other parasites;
          as, the whale louse, beelouse, horse louse.
    {Louse fly} (Zo["o]l.), a parasitic dipterous insect of the
       group Pupipara. Some of them are wingless, as the bee
    {Louse mite} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of mites
       which infest mammals and birds, clinging to the hair and
       feathers like lice. They belong to {Myobia},
       {Dermaleichus}, {Mycoptes}, and several other genera.
  2. \Louse\, v. t.
    To clean from lice. ``You sat and loused him.'' --Swift.
Thesaurus Terms
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