body louse

body louse
noun Date: 1575 a louse feeding primarily on the body; especially a sucking louse (Pediculus humanus humanus) feeding on the body and living in the clothing of humans — called also cootie

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  • Body louse — Body Bod y, n.; pl. {Bodies}. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. [root]257. Cf. {Bodice}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • body louse — n a louse feeding primarily on the body esp a sucking louse of the genus Pediculus (P. humanus humanus) feeding on the human body and living in clothing called also cootie * * * Pediculus humanus corporis …   Medical dictionary

  • body louse — n. LOUSE (n. 1a) * * * …   Universalium

  • body louse — n. LOUSE (n. 1a) …   English World dictionary

  • Body louse — Taxobox name = Body louse image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Phthiraptera subordo = Anoplura familia = Pediculidae genus = Pediculus species = P. humanus binomial = Pediculus humanus binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • body louse — noun a parasitic louse that infests the body of human beings • Syn: ↑cootie, ↑Pediculus corporis • Hypernyms: ↑louse, ↑sucking louse • Member Holonyms: ↑Pediculus, ↑genus Pediculus …   Useful english dictionary

  • body louse — noun a louse which infests the human body and is able to transmit several diseases through its bite, including typhus. [Pediculus humanus humanus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • body louse — bod′y louse n. ent See under louse 1) • Etymology: 1565–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • body louse. — See under louse (def. 1). [1565 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • body louse. — See under louse (def. 1). [1565 75] …   Useful english dictionary

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