What does the word louse mean?

Usage examples for louse

  1. And in the water everything was drowned, the girl, the little tree, the little ash- heap, the little cart, the broom, the little door, the little flea, the little louse, all together. – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers
  2. When Burns treats a natural- history theme, as in his verses on the mouse and the daisy, and even on the louse, how much more there is in them than mere natural history! – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs