water flea

noun

Definition of water flea

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

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The yellow perch seem to be suspending in deeper water, feeding on water fleas and ignoring perch rigs tipped with emerald shiner minnows, historically a slam dunk bait for catching a 30-fish limit of perch. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie walleye on the move, but trophy fish still being caught: Aug. 9 Fishing Report," 9 Aug. 2019 The authors note that populations of small water fleas in the genus Daphnia, an important species in the lake food web, have declined precipitously since use of DDT began. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Decades After DDT Was Banned, It Still Impacts Canadian Lakes," 15 June 2019 Peshkin’s own research focuses on the water flea, Latin name Daphnia, an insect barely visible to the naked eye. Karen Weintraub, BostonGlobe.com, "A doctor wages personal and professional battles against aging," 23 June 2018 Peshkin’s own research focuses on the water flea, Latin name Daphnia, an insect barely visible to the naked eye. Karen Weintraub, BostonGlobe.com, "A doctor wages personal and professional battles against aging," 23 June 2018 But less welcome critters soon followed: sea lampreys, alewives, spiny water fleas, and the poster bivalves for ecological trouble, zebra and quagga mussels. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee loves its rivers and Lake Michigan — and keeps abusing them, too," 3 July 2018 Peshkin’s own research focuses on the water flea, Latin name Daphnia, an insect barely visible to the naked eye. Karen Weintraub, BostonGlobe.com, "A doctor wages personal and professional battles against aging," 23 June 2018 Peshkin’s own research focuses on the water flea, Latin name Daphnia, an insect barely visible to the naked eye. Karen Weintraub, BostonGlobe.com, "A doctor wages personal and professional battles against aging," 23 June 2018 Peshkin’s own research focuses on the water flea, Latin name Daphnia, an insect barely visible to the naked eye. Karen Weintraub, BostonGlobe.com, "A doctor wages personal and professional battles against aging," 23 June 2018

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1687, in the meaning defined above

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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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