bird lice
Mallophaga Mal*loph"a*ga (m[a^]l*l[o^]f"[.a]*g[.a]), n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. mallo`s a lock of wool + fagei^n to eat.] (Zo["o]l.) An extensive group of insects which are parasitic on birds and mammals, and feed on the feathers and hair; -- called also {bird lice}. See {Bird louse}, under {Bird}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Bird louse — refers to any chewing louse (paraphyletic suborder Mallophaga) which parasitizes birds. Recent reclassification has found that bird lice belong to two suborders, Amblycera and Ischnocera, although some members of these suborders do not parasitize …   Wikipedia

  • bird-louse — birdˈ louse noun (pl birdˈ lice) A louse like insect of the order Mallophaga, parasitical on birds and mammals • • • Main Entry: ↑bird …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lice — Louse 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bird louse — n. any of an order (Mallophaga) of small, wingless insects with biting mouthparts, that live as external parasites on birds * * * ▪ insect       any of two groups of chewing lice (order Phthiraptera) that live on birds and feed on feathers, skin …   Universalium

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  • louse — Common name for members of the ectoparasitic insect orders Anoplura (sucking lice) and Mallophaga (biting lice). Important species are Felicola subrostrata (cat l.), Goniocotes gallinae (fluff l.), Goniodes dissimilis (brown chicken l.),… …   Medical dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Louse fly — Louse 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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