One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Infested with lice.
lice-infested, lice-riddenView synonyms
- ‘He thought our pediculous condition was due to a lack of hygienic precautions.’
- ‘Hedgehogs are endearing creatures, though alleged to be pediculous.’
- ‘Most of the pediculous inhabitants of these uncomfortable confines were sitting naked in their cabins.’
- ‘He kicked out viciously, landing his boot indiscriminately in the pediculous wasteland of Stinker's torso.’
- ‘Your pediculous disciples have been in raptures.’
Mid 16th century: from late Latin pediculosus, from Latin pediculus ‘louse’.
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