sucking louse


sucking louse

noun

Definition of SUCKING LOUSE

:  any of an order (Anoplura) of wingless insects comprising the true lice with mouthparts adapted to sucking body fluids

First Known Use of SUCKING LOUSE

circa 1907

sucking louse

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SUCKING LOUSE

: any of an order (Anoplura) of wingless insects comprising the true lice with mouthparts adapted for sucking body fluids

sucking louse

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of more than 400 species (suborder Anoplura, order Phthiraptera) of small, wingless, flat ectoparasitic insects found worldwide. They have piercing and sucking mouthparts for extracting their food of mammals' blood and tissue fluids. The nymphs mature after several molts. Species are host-specific: Pediculus infests humans (see human louse), whereas other sucking lice (genera Haematopinus and Linognathus) attack domestic animals, such as hogs, cattle, horses, and dogs.

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