bird louse definition

  • noun:
    • See biting louse.
    • a wingless insect associated with group Mallophaga, which the genera and species have become many and mainly parasitic upon wild birds. -- Bird mite (Zoöl.), a little mite (genera Dermanyssus, Dermaleichus and allies) parasitic upon wild birds. The types are wide ranging.
    • original of lice which infest the plumage of wild birds.
    • wingless insect with mouth components adapted for biting; mostly parasitic on wild birds

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