Lepisma

Definition of Lepisma

Le`pis´ma   Pronunciation: lė`pĭz´må
n.1.(Zool.) A genus of wingless thysanurous insects having an elongated flattened body, covered with shining scales and terminated by seven unequal bristles. A common species (Lepisma saccharina) is found in houses, and often injures books and furniture; it feeds on starch and eats sized paper and starched clothes. Called also shiner, silverfish, silver witch, silver moth, and furniture bug.

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arthropod genus, family Lepismatidae, genus Lepisma, Lepisma saccharina, Lepismatidae, silverfish
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