louse louse  /ˈlaʊs/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) wingless usually flattened bloodsucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animals
  2. (n) a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
  3. (n) any of several small insects especially aphids that feed by sucking the juices from plants
  4. (n) wingless insect with mouth parts adapted for biting; mostly parasitic on birds

Usage(s):

  1. The louse carries a violent, epidemic form of the disease common in Europe.
  2. Attracted by the oozing sap, a winged bark louse flitted greedily around the tree.
  3. The louse feeds on human blood and abhors soap.

News

  • Blood-sucking deer keds are spreading in Norway

    A high moose population density and mild autumn weather result in a higher prevalence of deer keds (louse fly parasite). A great deal of pine forest in the habitat of the moose has the same effect. These are the results of new research into how deer keds are spreading in Southeast Norway.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Science Daily

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Quotes

  1. "I would have felt like a real rat if I hadn't done it, really like a louse," said Mr. Whitehouse, who noted he and the Clintons also have close friends in common.
    on Jan 25, 2008 By: Sheldon Whitehouse Source: New York Times

  2. "When he comes in and he wants to show himself, and he starts exercising, and fighters start working with him ...... you make known to him that, 'If you louse up, pal, you're out of the program,'" Duva says, allowing a stern tinge to enter his...
    on Jun 1, 2008 By: Lou Duva Source: Wilkes Barre Citizen's Voice

  3. "This is a tremendous opportunity for the FBI to seize the moment ...... to show that they can do right," says Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, a frequent FBI critic. "They just better not louse it up."
    on May 26, 2005 By: Charles Grassley Source: USA Today

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