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Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. Dandruff is not to be confused with a simple dry scalp.

dandruff n 1: a condition in which white scales of dead skin are shed by the scalp 2: loose scales shed from the scalp; "I could see the dandruff on her shoulders"

30 Moby Thesaurus words for "dandruff": carrion, chip, corruption, decay, excrement, filth, flake, floccule, flocculus, flock, foul matter, furfur, gangrene, mess, muck, mucus, obscenity, ordure, paring, pus, putrid matter, rot, scale, scurf, scuz, shaving, slime, smut, snot, sordes

Dandruff \Dandruff\ (d[a^]n"dr[u^]f), n. [Prob. from W. toncrust, peel, skin + AS. dr[=o]f dirty, draffy, or W. drwg bad: cf. AS. tan a letter, an eruption. [root]240.] A scurf which forms on the head, and comes off in small scales or particles. [Written also {dandriff}.] [1913 Webster]


Louse (plural: lice) is the common name for members of over 3,000 species of wingless insects of the order Phthiraptera; three of which are classified as human disease agents.

lice See {louse}

louse n 1: wingless usually flattened blood-sucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animals [syn: {sucking louse}] 2: a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect [syn: {worm}, {insect}, {dirt ball}] 3: any of several small insects especially aphids that feed by sucking the juices from plants [syn: {plant louse}] 4: wingless insect with mouth parts adapted for biting; mostly parasitic on birds [syn: {bird louse}, {biting louse}] [also: {lice} (pl)]

Louse \Louse\ (lous), n.; pl. {Lice} (l[imac]s). [OE. lous, AS. l[=u]s, pl. l[=y]s; akin to D. luis, G. laus, OHG. l[=u]s, Icel. l[=u]s, Sw. lus, Dan. luus; perh. so named because it is destructive, and akin to E. lose, loose.] (Zo["o]l.) 1. Any one of numerous species of small, wingless, suctorial, parasitic insects belonging to a tribe ({Pediculina}), now usually regarded as degraded Hemiptera. To this group belong of the lice of man and other mammals; as, the head louse of man ({Pediculus capitis}), the body louse ({Pediculus vestimenti}), and the crab louse ({Phthirius pubis}), and many others. See {Crab louse}, {Dog louse}, {Cattle louse}, etc., under {Crab}, {Dog}, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. Any one of numerous small mandibulate insects, mostly parasitic on birds, and feeding on the feathers. They are known as Mallophaga, or bird lice, though some occur on the hair of mammals. They are usually regarded as degraded Pseudoneuroptera. See {Mallophaga}. [1913 Webster] 3. Any one of the numerous species of aphids, or plant lice. See {Aphid}. [1913 Webster] 4. Any small crustacean parasitic on fishes. See {Branchiura}, and {Ichthvophthira}. [1913 Webster] Note: The term is also applied to various other parasites; as, the whale louse, beelouse, horse louse. [1913 Webster] {Louse fly} (Zo["o]l.), a parasitic dipterous insect of the group Pupipara. Some of them are wingless, as the bee louse. {Louse mite} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of mites which infest mammals and birds, clinging to the hair and feathers like lice. They belong to {Myobia}, {Dermaleichus}, {Mycoptes}, and several other genera. [1913 Webster]

Lice \Lice\ (l[imac]s), n.; pl. of {Louse}. [1913 Webster]

Lice (Heb. kinnim), the creatures employed in the third plague sent upon Egypt (Ex. 8:16-18). They were miraculously produced from the dust of the land. "The entomologists Kirby and Spence place these minute but disgusting insects in the very front rank of those which inflict injury upon man. A terrible list of examples they have collected of the ravages of this and closely allied parasitic pests." The plague of lice is referred to in Ps. 105:31. Some have supposed that the word denotes not lice properly, but gnats. Others, with greater probability, take it to mean the "tick" which is much larger than lice.

Data Sources:

  • dandruff: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • dandruff: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • dandruff: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lice: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • lice: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • lice: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lice: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lice: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

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