• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sow-bug an air-breathing oniscoid isopod, a pill-bug, slater
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. , sugu; Ger. sau, Ice. sýr; L. sus, Gr. hys.


In literature:

As they are nocturnal in habits, they doubtless prey upon other insects, such as sow-bugs and crickets, which the night brings forth.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
The only known remedy for the bugs that are so common in peas, is late sowing.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
One of these was crushed sow bugs, recommended by the great Cotton Mather.
"Wilderness of Spring" by Edgar Pangborn