Share this entry

pediculous Line breaks: pe¦dicu|lous
Pronunciation: /pəˈdɪkjʊləs/

Definition of pediculous in English:


Infested with lice.
Example sentences
  • Most of the pediculous inhabitants of these uncomfortable confines were sitting naked in their cabins.
  • Your pediculous disciples have been in raptures.
  • He thought our pediculous condition was due to a lack of hygienic precautions.


Mid 16th century: from late Latin pediculosus, from Latin pediculus '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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources