• WordNet 3.6
    • n Mallophaga biting lice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Mallophaga măl*lŏf"ȧ*gȧ (Zoöl) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Mallophaga A group of ametabolous apterous parasitic insects with mandibulate mouth-parts and coalesced mesometathorax, jointed antennæ and palpi, superior spiracles, and short stout legs ending in hooked claws. They are known as bird-lice, and are very numerous and diversiform. By some they are regarded as Hemiptera degraded and distorted by parasitism, and placed with the true lice in a group Parasita or Anoplura; by others they are held to constitute a super-family or suborder of Pseudoneuroptera, and by others again a suborder of Corrodentia. See louse.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. mallo`s a lock of wool + fagei^n to eat


In literature:

Antennal appendage: in Mallophaga, a projecting process of the 1st or 3rd segment in the male.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
An Alphabetical List of Species of Mallophaga Removed from Birds Collected on the Yucatan Peninsula in 1962.
"Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula" by Erwin E. Klaas