head louse

head louse
infests the head and body of humans
Syn: ↑Pediculus capitis
Hypernyms: ↑louse, ↑sucking louse
Member Holonyms: ↑Pediculus, ↑genus Pediculus

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: a sucking louse frequenting the head of its host; especially : a louse that is a variety (Pediculus humanus capitis) of the common louse of man, lives on the scalp, and attaches its eggs to hairs

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head louse,
a species of louse that infests the human scalp.

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n. a louse that infests the scalp and hair of the human head and is especially common among schoolchildren. Pediculus humanus capitis, family Pediculidae, order Anoplura. See also body louse

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • head louse — n. see LOUSE (n. 1a) * * * …   Universalium

  • head louse — n a sucking louse of the genus Pediculus (P. humanus capitis) that lives on the human scalp * * * Pediculus humanus capitis …   Medical dictionary

  • head louse — head′ louse n. ent See under louse 1) • Etymology: 1540–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • head louse — n. see LOUSE (n. 1a) …   English World dictionary

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

  • head louse — noun a louse which infests the hair of the human head. [Pediculus humanus capitis.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • head louse — noun Date: 1547 a sucking louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) that lives on the human scalp …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • head louse. — See under louse (def. 1). [1540 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • head louse. — See under louse (def. 1). [1540 50] …   Useful english dictionary

  • head louse — noun A parasitic insect, Pediculus humanus capitis, which lives among the hairs on the head of a human and feeds on blood …   Wiktionary

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