crab louse

crab louse
noun
a louse that infests the pubic region of the human body
Syn: ↑pubic louse, ↑crab, ↑Phthirius pubis
Hypernyms: ↑louse, ↑sucking louse
Member Holonyms: ↑Phthirius, ↑genus Phthirius, ↑Phthirus, ↑genus Phthirus

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noun
Etymology: crab (I)
: a sucking louse (Phthirus pubis) infesting the human body in the pubic region

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crab louse,
a louse which infests parts of the human body, resembling a crab in appearance and having recurved feet, like claws, with which it hooks itself to its host.

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n. see crab I (sense 2)

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  • Crab louse — Crab Crab (kr[a^]b), n. [AS. crabba; akin to D. krab, G. krabbe, krebs, Icel. krabbi, Sw. krabba, Dan. krabbe, and perh. to E. cramp. Cf. {Crawfish}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crab-louse — crabˈ louse noun A crab shaped parasitic louse (Pthirus pubis) infesting the hair of the pubis, etc in humans • • • Main Entry: ↑crab …   Useful english dictionary

  • crab louse — n. a crab shaped human louse (Phthirus pubis) that infests the pubic regions, armpits, etc. * * * …   Universalium

  • crab louse — n, pl crab lice a sucking louse of the genus Pthirus (P. pubis) infesting the pubic region of the human body * * * see Phthirus * * * Phthirus pubis …   Medical dictionary

  • crab louse — n. a crab shaped human louse (Phthirus pubis) that infests the pubic regions, armpits, etc …   English World dictionary

  • crab louse — crab′ louse n. ent a crablike louse, Phthirus pubis, that infests pubic hair and other body hair in humans • Etymology: 1540–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • crab louse — ► NOUN ▪ a louse that infests human body hair …   English terms dictionary

  • Crab louse — This article is about the animal. For the disease known as crab lice, see Pediculosis pubis. Crab louse Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • crab louse — noun A parasitic insect, Phthirus pubis, that lives amongst the pubic hairs of humans and feeds on blood. Syn: crab, pubic louse …   Wiktionary

  • crab louse — noun Date: 1547 a sucking louse (Phthirus pubis) infesting the pubic region of the human body …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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