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flea

any of numerous small, wingless bloodsucking parasitic insects that prey on mammals and birds
Not to be confused with:
flee – vanish; evade, escape, avoid, shun, elude; to run away from: If they are not watched carefully they will flee.

flea

 (flē)
n.
1. Any of various small, wingless, bloodsucking insects of the order Siphonaptera that are parasitic on mammals and birds and can jump long distances.
2. Any of various small crustaceans that resemble or move like fleas, such as the water flea.
Idiom:
a flea in (one's) ear
An annoying hint or a stinging rebuke.

[Middle English fle, from Old English flēah.]

flea

(fliː)
n
1. (Animals) any small wingless parasitic blood-sucking insect of the order Siphonaptera, living on the skin of mammals and birds and noted for its power of leaping
2. (Animals) any of various invertebrates that resemble fleas, such as the water flea and flea beetle
3. flea in one's ear informal a sharp rebuke
[Old English flēah; related to Old Norse flō, Old High German flōh]

flea

(fli)

n.
1. any small, flattened, wingless, bloodsucking insect of the order Siphonaptera, parasitic upon mammals and birds and noted for its ability to leap.
2. any of various small beetles and crustaceans that leap like a flea, as the beach flea.
Idioms:
flea in one's ear,
a. a rebuke.
b. a broad hint.
[before 900; Middle English fle, Old English flēah, flēa]

flea

(flē)
1. Any of various small, wingless, bloodsucking insects that have legs adapted for jumping and live as parasites on warm-blooded animals.
2. Any of various small crustaceans, such as the water flea, that resemble or move like fleas.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flea - any wingless bloodsucking parasitic insect noted for ability to leapflea - any wingless bloodsucking parasitic insect noted for ability to leap
ectoparasite, ectozoan, ectozoon, epizoan, epizoon - any external parasitic organism (as fleas)
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Pulex irritans - the most common flea attacking humans
Ctenocephalides canis, dog flea - flea that attacks dogs and cats
cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis - flea that breeds chiefly on cats and dogs and rats
chigger, chigoe, chigoe flea, Tunga penetrans - small tropical flea; the fertile female burrows under the skin of the host including humans
Echidnophaga gallinacea, sticktight flea, sticktight - parasitic on especially the heads of chickens
Translations
بُرْغوثبُرْغُوث
бълха
blecha
loppe
pulo
kirp
kirppu
buha
bolha
kutu
fló
ノミ
벼룩
pulex
blusasendaikčių turgus
blusa
purice
blcha
bolha
buhabuva
loppa
หมัด
блоха
con bọ chétcon rận

flea

[fliː]
A. Npulga f
to send sb away with a flea in his eardespachar a algn con cajas destempladas
B. CPD flea collar Ncollar m antipulgas or antiparasitario
flea market Nmercadillo m, rastro m (Sp)

flea

[ˈfliː] npuce fflea collar ncollier m antipucesflea market nmarché m aux pucesflea powder npoudre f antipuces

flea

nFloh m; to send somebody off with a flea in his/her ear (inf)jdn wie einen begossenen Pudel abziehen lassen (inf)

flea

:
fleabag
n
(US inf: = hotel) → Flohbude f (inf), → Absteige f
(inf, = person) → Schrulle f (inf)
fleabite
nFlohbiss m; it’s just a flea (fig)das ist eine Kleinigkeit
flea-bitten
adjvoller Flohbisse; (inf)vergammelt (inf)
flea circus
nFlohzirkus m
flea collar
nFlohhalsband nt
flea market
nFlohmarkt m
fleapit
n (Brit inf) → Flohkino nt (inf)

flea

[fliː] npulce f
to send sb off with a flea in his ear (fam) → mandare qn a quel paese

flea

(fliː) noun
a type of small blood-sucking insect that jumps instead of flying and lives on the bodies of animals or people.
ˈflea market noun
an open-air market that sells cheap, old or used articles.

flea

بُرْغُوث blecha loppe Floh ψύλλος pulga kirppu puce buha pulce 벼룩 vlo loppe pchła pulga блоха loppa หมัด pire con rận 跳蚤

flea

n. pulga, insecto chupador de sangre;
___ bitepicadura de ___.

flea

n pulga
References in classic literature ?
A Flea, a Grasshopper, and a Leap-frog once wanted to see which could jump highest; and they invited the whole world, and everybody else besides who chose to come to see the festival.
It was thus that the Flea and the Grasshopper gave an account of themselves, and thought they were quite good enough to marry a Princess.
A MAN, very much annoyed with a Flea, caught him at last, and said, "Who are you who dare to feed on my limbs, and to cost me so much trouble in catching you?' The Flea replied, "O my dear sir, pray spare my life, and destroy me not, for I cannot possibly do you much harm." The Man, laughing, replied, "Now you shall certainly die by mine own hands, for no evil, whether it be small or large, ought to be tolerated."
Applied to any other creature than the Leviathan --to an ant or a flea --such portly terms might justly be deemed unwarrantably grandiloquent.
Can't you see that we're both Pups in the Wood and the missis is the cruel uncle after you with the dish towel and me with the flea liniment and a pink bow to tie on my tail.
Consider the flea!--incomparably the bravest of all the creatures of God, if ignorance of fear were courage.
"Why, you need a flea, not a man!" exclaimed the Sub-Warden.
In this Thwackum had the advantage; for while Square could only scarify the poor lad's reputation, he could flea his skin; and, indeed, he considered every lash he gave him as a compliment paid to his mistress; so that he could, with the utmost propriety, repeat this old flogging line,
Know you not, lout, vagabond, beggar, that were it not for the might that she infuses into my arm I should not have strength enough to kill a flea? Say, scoffer with a viper's tongue, what think you has won this kingdom and cut off this giant's head and made you a marquis (for all this I count as already accomplished and decided), but the might of Dulcinea, employing my arm as the instrument of her achievements?
The hairless patches on a scalded dog are preferred by the fleas of Constantinople to a wider range on a healthier dog; and the exposed places suit the fleas exactly.
And at last she did; the red lips parted, and out leaps her thought--and with such a guileless and pretty enthusiasm, too: "Auntie, I just KNOW I've got five hundred fleas on me!"
Old Karay had turned his head and was angrily searching for fleas, baring his yellow teeth and snapping at his hind legs.