Definition of sowbug in English:


(also sow bug)

Pronunciation /ˈsoubəɡ/ /ˈsaʊbəɡ/


North American
another term for wood louse
‘One nontermite host of Arthromitus that my colleagues and I examined in depth was the common sow bug, Porcellio scaber.’
  • ‘The children's trays began to fill with mayfly nymphs, aquatic sow bugs, and the larvae of blackflies, caddis flies, and bloodred midges.’
  • ‘Decomposing organisms consist of bacteria, fungi, and larger organisms such as worms, sow bugs, nematodes, and numerous others.’
  • ‘There was mold on the bathroom floor, persistent carpet odors in the bedrooms and the frequent appearance of sow bugs along the walls.’
  • ‘Fifty-cents worth of mesh was all it took to keep those pesky sow bugs from taking up residence!’