sow bug
noun Date: 1750 wood louse; especially a wood louse capable of curling itself into a ball

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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 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

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

  • sow bug —   Pokipoki …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • sow-bug — …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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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