See under louse (def 1).
noun, plural lice
[lahys] /laɪs/ (Show IPA), for 1–3, louses for 4.
any small, wingless insect of the order Anoplura (sucking louse) parasitic on humans and other mammals and having mouthparts adapted for sucking, as Pediculus humanus (body louse or head louse) and Phthirius pubis (crab louse or pubic louse)
any insect of the order Mallophaga (bird louse, biting louse, or chewing louse) parasitic on birds and mammals, having mouthparts adapted for biting.
Slang. a contemptible person, especially an unethical one.
verb (used with object), loused, lousing.
louse up, Slang. to spoil; botch:
Miscasting loused up the movie.
noun (pl) lice (laɪs)
any wingless bloodsucking insect of the order Anoplura: includes Pediculus capitis (head louse), Pediculus corporis (body louse), and the crab louse, all of which infest man related adjective pedicular
biting louse, bird louse, any wingless insect of the order Mallophaga, such as the chicken louse: external parasites of birds and mammals with biting mouthparts
any of various similar but unrelated insects, such as the plant louse and book louse
(slang) (pl) louses. an unpleasant or mean person
to remove lice from
(foll by up) (slang) to ruin or spoil
n. pl. lice (līs)
Any of numerous small, flat-bodied, wingless biting or sucking insects of the orders Mallophaga or Anoplura, many of which are external parasites on humans.
- Pubic region
pubic region n. The lowest of the three median regions of the abdomen, which lies below the umbilical region and between the inguinal regions. Also called hypogastrium.
noun, Anatomy. 1. the fixed joint at the front of the pelvic girdle where the halves of the pubis meet. pubic symphysis n. The firm fibrocartilaginous joint between the two pubic bones.
noun the language or dialect of teenagers Word Origin pub(erty) + (dia)lect
pubiotomy pu·bi·ot·o·my (pyōō’bē-ŏt’ə-mē) n. Surgical severance of the pubic bone a few centimeters lateral to the symphysis, especially to increase the capacity of a contracted pelvis sufficiently to permit the passage of a fetus during childbirth. Also called pelviotomy.
noun, plural pubes [pyoo-beez] /ˈpyu biz/ (Show IPA). Anatomy. 1. that part of either innominate bone that, with the corresponding part of the other, forms the front of the pelvis. noun (pl) -bes (-biːz) 1. one of the three sections of the hipbone that forms part of the pelvis pubis pu·bis (pyōō’bĭs) n. pl. pu·bes […]