Definition of head louse in English:

Share this entry

head louse

noun

A louse which infests the hair of the human head and is especially common among schoolchildren.
  • Pediculus humanus capitis, family Pediculidae, order Anoplura. See also body louse
Example sentences
  • An intense itch of a particular part of your body may be due to the presence of lice (body lice, head lice, pubic lice).
  • It is a common mistake to associate head lice with dirty hair.
  • People can be infested with three types of lice: body lice, head lice and crab or pubic lice.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: head louse

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.