Pediculus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Pediculus type genus of Pediculidae: true lice infecting humans
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Pediculus (Zoöl) A genus of wingless parasitic Hemiptera, including the common lice of man. See Louse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pediculus In botany, same as pedicel.
    • n pediculus The leading genus of Pediculidæ, having the thorax distinct from and narrower than the abdomen, and the head conical and contracted at the base. The head-louse and body-louse of man, P. capitis and P. vestimenti, are examples. The latter is often found in the seams of dirty clothing, and is commonly called grayback. The crab-louse is now placed in a different genus, Phthirius.
    • n pediculus [lowercase; pl. pediculi (-lī).] A louse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pediculus pē-dik′ū-lus a genus of lice, or an individual of it
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a louse

Usage

In literature:

This fellow is the Pediculus Corporis!
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy
The pediculus and culex marinus the sea lowse and flie are also no strangeres.
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne" by Thomas Browne
And now, bidding the "pediculus corporis" adieu with a great deal of pleasure, I ask the reader's attention to another theme.
"Under the Stars and Bars" by Walter A. Clark
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In news:

Lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are parasitic insects that infest the human scalp.
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