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Meaning of FLEA

Pronunciation:  flee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any wingless blood-sucking parasitic insect noted for ability to leap

FLEA is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 See Also: cat flea, chigger, chigoe, chigoe flea, Ctenocephalides canis, Ctenocephalides felis, dog flea, Echidnophaga gallinacea, ectoparasite, ectozoa, ectozoon, epizoa, epizoon, insect, order Siphonaptera, Pulex irritans, Siphonaptera, sticktight, sticktight flea, Tunga penetrans



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Flea\, v. t. [See {Flay}.]
    To flay. [Obs.]
          He will be fleaced first And horse collars made of's
          skin.                                    --J. Fletcher.
  2. \Flea\, n. [OE. fle, flee, AS. fle['a], fle['a]h; akin to
    D. ?, OHG. fl?h, G. floh, Icel. fl?, Russ. blocha; prob. from
    the root of E. flee. ? 84. See {Flee}.] (Zo["o]l.)
    An insect belonging to the genus Pulex, of the order
    Aphaniptera. Fleas are destitute of wings, but have the power
    of leaping energetically. The bite is poisonous to most
    persons. The human flea ({Pulex irritans}), abundant in
    Europe, is rare in America, where the dog flea ({P. canis})
    takes its place. See {Aphaniptera}, and {Dog flea}. See
    Illustration in Appendix.
    {A flea in the ear}, an unwelcome hint or unexpected reply,
       annoying like a flea; an irritating repulse; as, to put a
       flea in one's ear; to go away with a flea in one's ear.
    {Beach flea}, {Black flea}, etc. See under {Beach}, etc.
Easton Bible Dictionary

David at the cave of Adullam thus addressed his persecutor Saul (1 Sam. 24:14): "After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea?" He thus speaks of himself as the poor, contemptible object of the monarch's pursuit, a "worthy object truly for an expedition of the king of Israel with his picked troops!" This insect is in Eastern language the popular emblem of insignificance. In 1 Sam. 26:20 the LXX. read "come out to seek my life" instead of "to seek a flea."

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