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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sowbug (Zoöl) any one of numerous species of terrestrial Isopoda belonging to Oniscus Porcellio, and allied genera of the family Oniscidæ. They feed chiefly on decaying vegetable substances.
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In literature:

The writer has a cherry-stone in which is coiled up an insect, best known as the sowbug.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 324, March 18, 1882" by Various
Sowbugs, centipedes, spiders, and fleas were also present.
"Natural History of the Prairie Vole (Mammalian Genus Microtus)" by E. W. Jameson
A society, composed exclusively of medical men, without practice, for the destruction of sowbugs and pismires, throughout the Commonwealth.
"Dealings With The Dead" by A Sexton of the Old School