earth louse


Definition of earth louse

: any of numerous aphids that feed on the roots of plants

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First Known Use of earth louse

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for earth louse

translation of Latin pediculus terrae

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“Earth louse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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