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crab louse

Definition:

a louse that infests the pubic region of the human body

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

crab lice

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

Phthirius pubis [species] | crab | pubic louse | P. pubis [abbreviation, species]

Etymology:

Middle English crabbe, from Old English crabba, from Proto-Germanic *krabbĂ´...
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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Crab louse | pubic louse | Pthirus pubis [species] | Pediculus pubis [Linnaeus, 1758, species]

an insect that is an obligate ectoparasite of humans. It's typically found in pubic hair, but may also live on other areas with coarse hair, including the eyelashes. They feed exclusively on blood. Humans are the only known hosts of this parasite, ... (42 of 1058 words, 2 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

crab louse

a parasitic louse, "Pthirus" (or "Phthirus") "pubis", that infests the pubic region in man (14 of 263 words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/crab-louse

Oxford Dictionary:

crab [entry 1] | crabbed [past tense] | crabbing [present participle] | crabs [3rd-person singular present] | crab louse | the Crab | catch a crab | Phthirus pubis [species, sense-specific] | crabber [derived] | ...

a crustacean, found chiefly on seashores, with a broad carapace, stalked ... | the flesh of a crab as food. | ("the Crab") : the zodiacal sign or ... (26 of 232 words, 10 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/crab

Britannica Encyclopedia:

pubic louse [insect] | crab louse [synonym]

sucking louse in the human louse family, Pediculidae, that is found principally at the pubic and perianal areas, occasionally on the hairs of the ... (24 of 113 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/482280​/pubic-louse

Merriam-Webster:

crab louse

a sucking louse (Phthirus pubis) infesting the pubic region of the human body (13 of 33 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/crab louse

American Heritage Dictionary:

crab louse

A sucking louse "(Phthirus pubis") that generally infests the pubic region and causes severe itching. (15 of 18 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/crab-louse

Wiktionary:

crab louse | crab lice [plural] | crab [synonym] | pubic louse [synonym] | Pthirus pubis [species] | pubic lice [plural]

A parasitic insect, Pthirus pubis, that lives amongst the pubic hairs of humans and feeds on blood. (17 of 18 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/crab louse

New World Dictionary:

crab louse

a crab-shaped human louse (Phthirus pubis) that infests the pubic regions, armpits, etc. (13 of 15 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/crab-louse

Columbia Encyclopedia:

crab

crustaceanwith an enlarged cephalothorax covered by a broad, flat shell called the carapace. Extending from the cephalothorax are the various ... (20 of 455 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0813887​.html

Random House Dictionary:

crab | crabbed [past tense] | crabbing [present participle] | partan [Scottish] | Crab [sense-specific] | crabs [sense-specific] | catch a crab [sense-specific] | the crab louse [informal, sense-specific] | a crab apple fruit or tree [informal, sense-specific] | ...

any decapod crustacean of the suborder Brachyura, having the eyes on short ... | any of various other crustaceans, as the hermit crab, or other ... (24 of 284 words, 23 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/crab

Macmillan British Dictionary:

crab | crabs [plural]

[countable] a shellfish with ten legs and two large claws used for holding ... | "crabs": [plural, medical] a medical condition in which you have very ... (25 of 79 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/crab

Cambridge Dictionary:

crab [entry 1]

a sea animal that has five pairs of legs and a round flat body covered by a shell, or its flesh eaten as food (24 of 55 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/crab 1

crab [entry 2] | crabs | crab lice

("crab lice") small insects that can live in the hair around the sex organs (14 of 26 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/crab 2

Encarta Dictionary:

crab louse [zoology, definition 4]

crab (1 of 13 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861733233​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

crab | crabs [plural] | crabbed [past tense] | crabbing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English crabbe, from Old English crabba, from Proto-Germanic *krabbĂ´ (compare Dutch krab, ... | Middle English crabbe, of Germanic origin, plausibly from Scandinavian, cognate with Swedish dialect... (27 of 71 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/crab

Collins Dictionary:

crab [informal] | Crab

First use: 16th century | 15th century

Origin: Old English crabba; related to Old Norse krabbi, Old High German krebiz crab, Dutch krabben to scratch | probably back ... (23 of 35 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/crab

New World Dictionary:

crab | crabbed [past tense] | crabbing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English crabbe from Old English crabba from Indo-European base *grebh-, *gerebh-, to scratch: see "graphic" | ... (16 of 29 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/crab

American Heritage Dictionary:

crab | crabbed [past tense] | crabbing [present participle] | crabs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English crabbe, from Old English crabba; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots. | Middle English crabbe, possibly from ... (17 of 24 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/crab

Merriam-Webster:

crab [entry 1, often attributive, noun] | crabs [sense-specific, plural] | Crab [sense-specific]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English crabbe, from Old English crabba; akin to Old High German krebiz crab and perhaps to Old English ceorfan to carve

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/crab

crab [entry 3, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English crabbe, perhaps from crabbe crab

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crab [entry 5, verb] | crabbed [past tense] | crabbing [present participle]

First use: 1662

Origin: Middle English crabben, probably back-formation from crabbed

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/crab show=4

Oxford Dictionary:

crab [entry 1] | crabbed [past tense] | crabbing [present participle] | crabs [3rd-person singular present] | crab louse | the Crab

Origin: Old English crabba, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch krabbe, and more distantly to Dutch kreeft and German Krebs; also to "crab3"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/crab

crab [entry 3] | crabbed [past tense] | crabbing [present participle] | crabs [3rd-person singular present]

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (referring to hawks, meaning "claw or fight each other"): from Low German krabben; related to "crab1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/crab--3

Encarta Dictionary:

crab louse [entry 1] | crabs [plural] | crabbed [past tense] | crabbing [present participle]

Origin: Old English crabba from Indo-European, "scratch"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861733233​/definition​.html  [offline]

crab [entry 3] | crabs [plural] | crabbed [past tense] | crabbing [present participle]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Probably back-formation from crabbed

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861601052​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

crab | crabs [plural] | crabbed [past tense] | crabbing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "crab"

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YourDictionary Audio:

crab louse

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crab

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Collins Dictionary:

crab [informal] | Crab

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "crab"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/crab

Macmillan British Dictionary:

crab | crabs [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "crab"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/crab

Macmillan American Dictionary:

crab | crabs [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "crab"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/crab

Cambridge Dictionary:

crab [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "crab"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "crab"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/crab 1

the Free Dictionary:

Crab

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Crab"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Crab"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "Crab" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

crab | crabs [plural] | crabbed [past tense] | crabbing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "crab"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

crab

Audio: North American pronunciation of "crab"

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freedictionary.org:

Crab

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Crab" by speech synthesizer

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