flea

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noun \ˈflē\

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 and Etymology of flea

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


First Known Use: before 12th century



FLEA Defined for English Language Learners

flea

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noun \ˈflē\

Definition of flea for English Language Learners

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


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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