Definition of pediculous in English:

pediculous

adjective

rare
  • Infested with lice.

    • ‘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.’
    lice-infested, lice-ridden
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from late Latin pediculosus, from Latin pediculus ‘louse’.

Pronunciation

pediculous

/pəˈdɪkjʊləs/