Sow bug
Sow Sow, n. [OE. sowe, suwe, AS. sugu, akin to s[=u], D. zog, zeug, OHG. s[=u], G. sau, Icel. s[=y]r, Dan. so, Sw. sugga, so, L. sus. Gr. "y^s, sy^s, Zend. hu boar; probably from the root seen in Skr. s[=u] to beget, to bear; the animal being named in allusion to its fecundity. [root]294. Cf. {Hyena}, {Soil} to stain, {Son}, {Swine}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) The female of swine, or of the hog kind. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A sow bug. [1913 Webster]

3. (Metal.) (a) A channel or runner which receives the rows of molds in the pig bed. (b) The bar of metal which remains in such a runner. (c) A mass of solidified metal in a furnace hearth; a salamander. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mil.) A kind of covered shed, formerly used by besiegers in filling up and passing the ditch of a besieged place, sapping and mining the wall, or the like. --Craig. [1913 Webster]

{Sow bread}. (Bot.) See {Cyclamen}.

{Sow bug}, or {Sowbug} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of terrestrial {Isopoda} belonging to {Oniscus}, {Porcellio}, and allied genera of the family {Oniscid[ae]}. They feed chiefly on decaying vegetable substances.

{Sow thistle} [AS. sugepistel] (Bot.), a composite plant ({Sonchus oleraceus}) said to be eaten by swine and some other animals. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sow bug — /sow/ any of several small, terrestrial isopods, esp. of the genus Oniscus; wood louse. [1740 50] * * * or wood louse Any of certain terrestrial crustaceans of the order Isopoda, especially members of the genus Oniscus. Native to Europe, they… …   Universalium

  • sow bug — sow′ bug [[t]saʊ[/t]] n. ent any of several small terrestrial isopods, esp. of the genus Oniscus; wood louse • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • sow bug — [sou] n. any of several small terrestrial isopods (esp. genus Oniscus) living in damp places, as under rocks …   English World dictionary

  • sow bug — noun terrestrial isopod having an oval segmented body (a shape like a sow) • Hypernyms: ↑woodlouse, ↑slater • Member Holonyms: ↑Porcellio, ↑genus Porcellio, ↑Oniscus, ↑genus Oniscus * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • sow bug — noun Date: 1750 wood louse; especially a wood louse capable of curling itself into a ball …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sow bug — [ saʊ] noun chiefly N. Amer. another term for woodlouse …   English new terms dictionary

  • sow bug —   Pokipoki …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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  • Sow — Sow, n. [OE. sowe, suwe, AS. sugu, akin to s[=u], D. zog, zeug, OHG. s[=u], G. sau, Icel. s[=y]r, Dan. so, Sw. sugga, so, L. sus. Gr. y^s, sy^s, Zend. hu boar; probably from the root seen in Skr. s[=u] to beget, to bear; the animal being named in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sow bread — Sow Sow, n. [OE. sowe, suwe, AS. sugu, akin to s[=u], D. zog, zeug, OHG. s[=u], G. sau, Icel. s[=y]r, Dan. so, Sw. sugga, so, L. sus. Gr. y^s, sy^s, Zend. hu boar; probably from the root seen in Skr. s[=u] to beget, to bear; the animal being… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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