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head louse

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Definition of head louse in English:

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.

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