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wood louse

noun

Simple Definition of wood louse

  • : a small, gray insect that lives under stones and in other dark, wet places

Full Definition of wood louse

  1. :  a terrestrial isopod crustacean (suborder Oniscoidea) with a flattened elliptical body often capable of being rolled into a ball —called also pill bug, sow bug


WOOD LOUSE Defined for Kids

wood louse

noun

Definition of wood louse

  1. :  a tiny flat gray animal that is a crustacean usually found living under stones or bark




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