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flea

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noun \ˈflē\

Simple Definition of flea

  • : a very small insect that lives on animals and that has strong legs used for jumping

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of flea

  1. :  any of an order (Siphonaptera) of small wingless bloodsucking insects that have a hard laterally compressed body and legs adapted to leaping and that feed on warm-blooded animals

flea in one's ear
  1. :  rebuke <sent him away with a flea in his ear>

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Origin of flea

Middle English fle, from Old English flēa; akin to Old High German flōh flea


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with flea

b, be, bee, c, cay, cee, Cree, d, dee, Dee, dree, e, fee, flee, free, g, gee, ghee, glee, gree, he, key, Key, knee, lea, lee, me, mi, p, pea, pee, plea, pree, quay, re, Rhee, scree, sea, see, she, si, ski, spree, sri, t, tea, tee, the, thee, three, ti, tree, twee, Twi, v, vee, we, wee, whee, ye, z, zee



FLEA Defined for Kids

flea

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noun \ˈflē\

Definition of flea for Students

  1. :  a small bloodsucking insect that has no wings and a hard body




Medical Dictionary

flea

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noun \ˈflē\

Medical Definition of flea

  1. :  any of the order Siphonaptera comprising wingless bloodsucking insects that have a hard laterally compressed body and legs adapted to leaping and that feed on warm-blooded animals—see cat flea, chigoe 1, dog flea, rat flea, sand flea, sticktight flea



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