Le*pis"ma(l*pz"m), n. [NL., fr. Gr. le`pisma peel, fr. lepi`s -i`dos, a scale.] (Zol.) 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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