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English noun: louse

1. louse (animal) wingless usually flattened bloodsucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animals


Synonymssucking louse


Broader (hypernym)insect


Narrower (hyponym)body louse, common louse, cootie, crab, crab louse, head louse, Pediculus capitis, Pediculus corporis, Pediculus humanus, Phthirius pubis, pubic louse


Member meronymAnoplura, order Anoplura

2. louse (person) a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect


Synonymsdirt ball, insect, worm


Broader (hypernym)disagreeable person, unpleasant person

3. louse (animal) any of several small insects especially aphids that feed by sucking the juices from plants


Synonymsplant louse


Broader (hypernym)homopteran, homopterous insect


Narrower (hyponym)adelgid, aphid, grape louse, grape phylloxera, jumping plant louse, oak blight, Phylloxera vitifoleae, psylla, psyllid

4. louse (animal) wingless insect with mouth parts adapted for biting; mostly parasitic on birds


Synonymsbird louse, biting louse


Broader (hypernym)insect


Narrower (hyponym)chicken louse, Menopon gallinae, Menopon palladum, shaft louse


Member meronymMallophaga, order Mallophaga









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