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woodlouse Line breaks: wood|louse
Pronunciation: /ˈwʊdlaʊs/

Definition of woodlouse in English:

noun (plural woodliceˈwʊdlʌɪs)

A small terrestrial crustacean with a greyish segmented body and seven pairs of legs, living in damp habitats.
  • Oniscus and other genera, order Isopoda.
Example sentences
  • These tireless toilers of the soil include such creatures as the earthworms, woodlice and millipedes.
  • The main detritivore taxa were woodlice, millipedes, insects, and gastropods.
  • In 1890, Dubois confirmed that blinded salamanders displayed an aversion to shorter wavelengths of light, and. in 1895, Finsen extended the results to frogs, earthworms, woodlice, beetles and flies.

Words that rhyme with woodlouse

workhouse • lobscouse

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