plural noun

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

Word History


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

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“Philopteridae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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