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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
flea collar
flea market
▪ The first 50 winning postcards will be sent a Sherleys flea collar.
▪ In this group were veterans who had worn flea collars in the Gulf to ward off desert bugs.
▪ I found an old coat in the flea market and cut the good bits out.
▪ On weekends, he would travel back to Santa Cruz to sell his line at the local flea market.
▪ She scours flea markets and will either repair her purchases or leave them, depending on the extent of the damage.
▪ A man approached him at the automotive flea market, offering $ 5, 000 in cash, no questions asked.
▪ Sorrel was on duty at her stall on the corner of the flea market, so that was my first port of call.
▪ At a flea market, McMichael can spot the familiar royal blue bubble shape sitting in a heap yards away.
▪ The sheets are reported to have turned up inside a frame offered for sale in a provincial Sunday flea market outside Paris.
▪ He sold many of his pieces at area flea markets.
▪ The same pattern of asexual reproduction occurs in water fleas, aphids and even a few lizards.
▪ On average only five of the water fleas in each generation manage to breed before they are eaten by a fish.
▪ We think it's because that's where it finds the water fleas.
▪ A water flea that is starving in a crowded pond is the victim not of food shortage but of competition.
▪ She expected to be sent out with a flea in her ear.
▪ The first 50 winning postcards will be sent a Sherleys flea collar.
▪ A water flea that is starving in a crowded pond is the victim not of food shortage but of competition.
▪ But there are safe ways to ward off fleas.
▪ Look for tiny specks of black dirt - these are the flea droppings.
▪ Pets with heavy coats may have their hair clipped to increase comfort and control fleas.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Flea \Flea\ (fl[=e]), v. t. [See Flay.] To flay. [Obs.]

He will be fleaed first And horse collars made of's skin.
--J. Fletcher.


Flea \Flea\, n. [OE. fle, flee, AS. fle['a], fle['a]h; akin to D. vtoo, OHG. fl[=o]h, G. floh, Icel. fl[=o], Russ. blocha; prob. from the root of E. flee. [root]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 ( Ctenocephalides canis, formerly Pulex canis) and the smaller cat flea ( Ctenocephalides felis) take 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English flea "flea," from Proto-Germanic *flauhaz (cognates: Old Norse flo, Middle Dutch vlo, German Floh), perhaps related to Old English fleon "to flee," with a notion of "the jumping parasite," but more likely from PIE *plou- "flea" (cognates: Latin pulex, Greek psylla; see puce).\n

\nChaucer's plural is fleen. Flea-bag "bed" is from 1839; flea-circus is from 1886; flea-collar is from 1953. Flea-pit (1937) is an old colloquial name for a movie-house, or, as OED puts it, "an allegedly verminous place of public assembly."\n\n"A man named 'Mueller' put on the first trained-flea circus in America at the old Stone and Austin museum in Boston nearly forty years ago. Another German named 'Auvershleg' had the first traveling flea circus in this country thirty years ago. In addition to fairs and museums, I get as high as $25 for a private exhibition."

["Professor" William Heckler, quoted in "Popular Mechanics," February 1928. Printed at the top of his programs were "Every action is visible to the naked eye" and "No danger of desertion."]


"clear of fleas," c.1600, from flea (n.). Related: Flead.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A small, wingless, parasitic insect of the order ''Siphonaptera'', renowned for its bloodsucking habits and jumping abilities. 2 A thing of no significance. Etymology 2

vb. (obsolete spelling of flay English)


n. any wingless blood-sucking parasitic insect noted for ability to leap


Fleas are insects that form the orderSiphonaptera. They are wingless, with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals and birds.

Flea species include:

  • Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
  • Dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis)
  • Human flea (Pulex irritans)
  • Moorhen flea (Dasypsyllus gallinulae)
  • Northern rat flea (Nosopsyllus fasciatus)
  • Oriental rat flea (Xenopsylla cheopis)

Over 2,000 species have been described worldwide.

Flea (disambiguation)

A flea is a parasitic insect.

Flea may also refer to:

  • Cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, whose primary host are domestic cats
  • Snow flea, small jumping insects in the order Collembola and a term sometimes also used for wingless scorpionflies in the family Boreidae
  • Water flea, any of several small aquatic crustacea
  • Flea (musician), the stage name of Michael Balzary, bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Flea, a bar magnet (or stir bar in the U.S.) used with a magnetic stirrer to stir solutions in a laboratory
  • FLEA (psychedelic), a psychedelic phenethylamine

In literature and fiction:

  • The Flea (poem), a poem by John Donne
  • The Flea (character), a character from the animated TV series ¡Mucha Lucha!
  • The Flea (fairy tale), a fairy tale by Giambattista Basile
  • Flea, an enemy character in 1995 role-playing video game Chrono Trigger
  • "Fleas" (poem), a common alias for "Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes", considered the shortest rhyming poem in the English language
  • " Fleas (The Good Wife)", a first season episode of The Good Wife
Flea (musician)

Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962), better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician, best known as the bassist, a co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he was inducted in 2012 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Flea briefly appeared as the bassist for such bands as What Is This?, Fear and Jane's Addiction. More recently he has appeared as a member of the rock supergroups Atoms for Peace, Antemasque, Pigface and Rocket Juice & the Moon. Flea has also collaborated with other artists, including The Mars Volta, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Alanis Morissette and Young MC.

In 2009, Rolling Stones readers ranked Flea the second-best bassist of all-time; John Entwistle placed at number one.

Flea has made occasional forays into acting, appearing in films that span many genres, such as Suburbia, Back to the Future Part II and Part III, My Own Private Idaho, The Chase, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Thrashin', Dudes, and The Big Lebowski, in addition to voicing the character Donnie Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys animated television series and films. In 2014, Flea returned to acting in the film Low Down.

Flea is the co-founder of Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit music education organization founded in 2001 for underprivileged children.

Usage examples of "flea".

The ammoniacal fluid was harsh, and smelled strong, but it dissolved oils and grease on her skin and in her hair, and it killed any lice or fleas she might have picked up.

Yes, thought Centaine grimly, Michael has accumulated black marks like a dog picks up fleas, and some of them hop off on to all of us.

Once you snag some fleas in the comb, dip them in a glass of water mixed with rubbing alcohol or detergent and watch the routed buggers sink to the bottom.

The fleas which tormented us made the abbe ask why I did not have the cell swept out.

My fleabites are tiny, the kind of bites you get when you are used to fleas so they don't bother you so much anymore.

On this being remedied I sat down to write, but was soon driven upon the balcony, under the eaves, by myriads of fleas, which hopped out of the mats as sandhoppers do out of the sea sand, and even in the balcony, hopped over my letter.

The yadoya was a very large one, and, as sixty guests had arrived before me, there was no choice of accommodation, and I had to be contented with a room enclosed on all sides not by fusuma but shoji, and with barely room for my bed, bath, and chair, under a fusty green mosquito net which was a perfect nest of fleas.

Her three little boys do not have itchy bums and worms and bites up their arms from fleas.

Metchnikoff saw the wandering cells of the water flea, the phagocytes of this creature, flow towards those perilous needles, surround them, eat them, melt them up, digest them.

And since fleas can spend anywhere from ten to over two hundred days in their larval stage, and from a week to a year in their pupal stage, one pair of adult fleas can produce offspring that could be in your house for as long as two years.

The men doing this work were dressed in tightly wrapped clothing that had been treated with pyrethrum to discourage fleas.

Beth wanted Sooly to marry a rich man who could afford an apartment in New York where Beth could visit, or at least use the home of her daughter as headquarters while shopping in all the strange little stores in that fascinating flea market of a city.

Since then I have learned enough of this and that to do my own bargaining, though Yashoukkim are all over the place like fleas and the Suling Lallers are getting hard to figure.

They ogled the local architecture, toured museums and galleries, browsed or bought in the luxury shops or the cheap flea markets, strolled in the Boboli Gardens, or rode in a vettura to see the view that Boccaccio and Lorenzo de Medici and Shelley and other immortals had seen from the hill of Fiesole.

And the allyl sulphides in the garlic might just make old Rover that much less attractive to fleas - might not do much for his love life though!