Bird louse
Bird Bird (b[~e]rd), n. [OE. brid, bred, bird, young bird, bird, AS. bridd young bird. [root]92.] 1. Orig., a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal (see 2). [1913 Webster]

That ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The brydds [birds] of the aier have nestes. --Tyndale (Matt. viii. 20). [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See {Aves}. [1913 Webster]

3. Specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig.: A girl; a maiden. [1913 Webster]

And by my word! the bonny bird In danger shall not tarry. --Campbell. [1913 Webster]

{Arabian bird}, the phenix.

{Bird of Jove}, the eagle.

{Bird of Juno}, the peacock.

{Bird louse} (Zo["o]l.), a wingless insect of the group Mallophaga, of which the genera and species are very numerous and mostly parasitic upon birds. -- Bird mite (Zo["o]l.), a small mite (genera {Dermanyssus}, {Dermaleichus} and allies) parasitic upon birds. The species are numerous.

{Bird of passage}, a migratory bird.

{Bird spider} (Zo["o]l.), a very large South American spider ({Mygale avicularia}). It is said sometimes to capture and kill small birds.

{Bird tick} (Zo["o]l.), a dipterous insect parasitic upon birds (genus {Ornithomyia}, and allies), usually winged. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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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 — 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

  • 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

  • bird louse — n BITING LOUSE * * * 1. biting l. 2. a biting louse of birds …   Medical dictionary

  • bird|louse — bird|louse, = biting louse. (Cf. ↑biting louse) …   Useful english dictionary

  • bird louse — n. any of an order (Mallophaga) of small, wingless insects with biting mouthparts, that live as external parasites on birds …   English World dictionary

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

  • bird louse — noun Date: 1826 biting louse …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bird louse. — See under louse (def. 2). [1820 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • bird louse. — See under louse (def. 2). [1820 30] …   Useful english dictionary

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