Philopteridae

plural noun
Phil·​op·​ter·​i·​dae | \ ˌfiˌläpˈterəˌdē \

Definition of Philopteridae

: a family of bird lice (order Mallophaga) having the tarsi fitted with two claws for clinging to the feathers of their host

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History and Etymology for Philopteridae

New Latin, from Philopterus, type genus (from phil- + -pterus) + -idae

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“Philopteridae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Philopteridae. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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