pill bug


Definition of pill bug

: wood louse especially : a wood louse capable of curling itself into a ball

Examples of pill bug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The warrior and her pet pill bug, Tuk Tuk, must find the last dragon, Sisu, to save Kumandra from the Druun once again. Seventeen, 31 Aug. 2022 At one point, Ramgopal paused to rescue a pill bug from the hallway floor. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 While his fear may be disappointing to fans of insects, as well as other in-game creatures like spiders, pill bugs and moths, Blathers always promises to take care of any donation entrusted to him. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of pill bug

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pill bug

pill entry 2; from its rolling into a ball when disturbed

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The first known use of pill bug was in 1843

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5 Sep 2022

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“Pill bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pill%20bug. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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