Oniscus

noun Onis·cus \ōˈniskəs\

Definition of Oniscus

  1. :  a genus (the type of the family Oniscidae) comprising isopods that cannot roll into a ball and formerly including most of the known isopods but now restricted to a few chiefly Old World terrestrial forms with flattened body, large eyes, and 3-jointed antennal flagella

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Origin and Etymology of oniscus

New Latin, from Latin, wood louse from Greek oniskos, from onos wood louse, ass + -iskos, diminutive noun suffix


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