Le*pis"ma (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. peel, fr. , , a scale.] 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. Called also shiner, silver witch, silver moth, and furniture bug.

<-- also called silverfish. Eats sized paper and starched clothes -->


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