water flea

noun

Definition of water flea

: any of various small active dark or brightly colored aquatic crustaceans (such as a daphnia or cyclops)

Examples of water flea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The next year, in 1982, overseas ships were blamed for bringing into the lakes the spiny water flea that has ravaged native zooplankton and the little fish that depend upon them. Dan Egan, jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Andrei Savitsky's video of a water flea giving birth to cubs won third place in the competition. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Aug. 2021 Euplotes skitters nimbly along surfaces atop cirri like some sort of Close Encounters–class water flea. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 22 May 2021 The spiny water flea was first identified in North American in 1984 in Lake Huron. Popular Science, 17 Feb. 2021 Their numbers have been decimated by a fierce invasive predator, the spiny water flea. Tim Folger, Environment, 2 Dec. 2020 Other invaders arrived by the same route as the spiny water flea, in the ballast tanks of oceangoing freighters. Tim Folger, Environment, 2 Dec. 2020 Bythotrephes, a water flea with a long, spiny tail, eats other zooplankton and competes with fish for food. Jason Treat, Magazine, 17 Nov. 2020 The researchers also tested water that had been brewed with the plastic tea bags on water fleas. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of water flea

1687, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2021

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“Water flea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20flea. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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water flea

noun

Kids Definition of water flea

: a tiny often brightly colored freshwater animal related to the crab and lobster

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