flea

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flea

noun \ˈflē\

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

Full Definition of FLEA

:  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
:  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

noun \ˈflē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FLEA

: 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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flea

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Flea (Ctenocephalides)—William E. Ferguson

Any member of 2,000 species and subspecies of small, wingless, bloodsucking (parasitic) insects (order Siphonaptera), found from the Arctic Circle to the Arabian deserts. Specialized anatomical structures allow the flea to attach itself to the skin of mammals or birds and consume their blood. Though domestic cats and dogs are well-known hosts, rodents are the mammals most commonly afflicted by fleas. The adult flea is 0.04–0.4 in. (1–10 mm) long and lives from a few weeks to more than a year. Powerful leg muscles allow it to jump distances up to 200 times its body length. Flea infestations have had enormous consequences; fleas were the principal transmission agents of the bubonic plague in the medieval epidemics.

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