sow bug

noun

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

Examples of sow bug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like many tailwaters, spring creeks hold bug-sized crustaceans like scuds and sow bugs, essentially freshwater shrimp that are easily imitated with simple patterns on a natural drift. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, 13 July 2023 These include ants, fleas, crickets, spiders, earwigs, millipedes, silverfish, mites, palmetto bugs, and sow bugs. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1750, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sow bug was in 1750

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“Sow bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sow%20bug. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

sow bug

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

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