(EN) – The many names of the woodlouse | Simon Thomas


You’re probably familiar with the woodlouse, but (unless they happen to be your field of study), you probably haven’t given them a great deal of thought lately. The more biologically-minded among you may throw around the Latin term isopoda for the order, and oniscus orarmadillidium for the two common varieties, but to most of us the ‘small terrestrial crustacean with a greyish segmented body and seven pairs of legs, living in damp habitats’ is simply a woodlouse – and the variety that is able to roll up into a ball when threatened, apill woodlouse. But this innocuous bug has attracted quite a few unusual alternative names over the years, which give an insight to the colourful elements of regional English.

via: OxfordWords blog


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