pso·​cid ˈsō-səd How to pronounce psocid (audio)
: any of an order (Psocoptera synonym Corrodentia) of minute usually winged primitive insects (such as a book louse) having simple mouthparts

Examples of psocid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other insects include psocids (small, winged, grey creatures), praying mantis', mites, and ticks when the weather is unseasonably warm outside. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, 29 Nov. 2016

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Word History


ultimately from New Latin Psocus, genus of lice

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of psocid was in 1884

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“Psocid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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