\ ˈflē How to pronounce flea (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web This is another reason why flea prevention is important. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "Cat acne -- yes, it's a thing, and it may require treatment by a vet," 12 Jan. 2021 Tuffy bears more than a passing resemblance to a real person, Miriam Rothschild (1908-2005), the remarkable entomologist and flea expert who was the author’s great aunt. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘House of Trelawney’ Review: The Weight of the Estate," 1 Jan. 2021 Cats must be free from transmittable diseases and pet owners are encouraged to apply a topical flea treatment to their cats prior to their arrival. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Happy Paws Luxury Cat Lodging provides ‘peace of mind’ for cat owners," 14 Dec. 2020 Hamlet’s Vintage was founded in 2007 as a booth at flea markets and trade shows. Sarah Adams, Town & Country, "Where to Shop for Vintage Clothing in New York City," 13 Jan. 2021 Canceled too were popular sporting events, flea markets, craft shows, gun shows, auction sales, wedding receptions and more. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Robotic pets, Washington Monument, senators vaccinated: News from around our 50 states," 22 Dec. 2020 Over the next year the city will set height limits for the 6.3 acres and plan a plaza that would host flea markets and other public events. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "Berkeley finally embracing housing in a bid to rebuild a historically Black neighborhood," 18 Dec. 2020 The sandals have grown more popular through the years, and can now be found at weekend flea markets, retail stores and countless online sites. Dorany Pineda Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Feel like you’re seeing the humble huarache everywhere? You’re right," 11 Dec. 2020 The alliance would also work to streamline public management of festivals, fairs, flea markets and other public events. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cultural groups seek more financial, political muscle for the arts through new alliance," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of flea

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flea

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

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The first known use of flea was before the 12th century

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1 Mar 2021

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“Flea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flea. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flea

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


\ ˈflē How to pronounce flea (audio) \

Kids Definition of flea

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


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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 sense 1, dog flea, rat flea, sand flea, sticktight flea

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