Definition of booklouse in English:

booklouse

noun

  • A minute insect that typically has reduced or absent wings and often lives in books or papers, where it feeds on mold.

    • ‘Psocids or booklice are common but harmless insects between 1 mm and 2 mm long, which can survive in dry powdery foods.’
    • ‘The indoor ones, such as the booklouse are wingless, and can scrape away at books and other organic material.’
    • ‘Psocids or booklice as they are commonly known are small usually dull coloured insects with a body length of 1-10 millimetres.’
    • ‘Sweating and high humidities may form in wall voids when new lumber becomes enclosed, encouraging booklouse outbreaks.’
    • ‘In these dark & dreary winter months when many of the flashier insects make themselves scarce, the gentle booklice remain faithful companions.’
    • ‘The common house-dwelling booklouse is wingless or its wings are reduced to small scale-like, non-functional wings.’
    • ‘The culprits are psocids - or booklice - which are common but harmless insects between one and two millimetres long.’
    • ‘Psocids are also known as booklice because some types of the insect are attracted to delicate materials such as books and furs.’
    • ‘Lightly sprayed or dusting the cracks, crevices, bookshelves, bookbindings, or other places frequented by booklice will provide control.’
    • ‘The presence of booklice can be quite an annoyance; however, they rarely cause significant damage to items.’

Pronunciation

booklouse

/ˈbo͝oklous/