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Fleas are the insects forming the order Siphonaptera. They are wingless, with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood.

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

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39 Moby Thesaurus words for "flea": broad jumper, bucking bronco, buckjumper, cat flea, chigoe, cockroach, crab, dog flea, frog, gazelle, goat, grasshopper, grayback, high jumper, hopper, hurdle racer, hurdler, jackrabbit, jigger, jumper, jumping bean, jumping jack, kangaroo, leaper, louse, mite, nit, parasite, pole vaulter, red bug, roach, salmon, sand flea, stag, sunfisher, timber topper, vaulter, vermin, weevil

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. [1913 Webster] {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. [1913 Webster]

Flea \Flea\ (fl[=e]), v. t. [See {Flay}.] To flay. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He will be fleaed first And horse collars made of's skin. --J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster]

Flea 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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Louse (plural: lice) is the common name for members of over 3,000 species of wingless insects of the order Phthiraptera; three of which are classified as human disease agents.

lice See {louse}

louse n 1: wingless usually flattened blood-sucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animals [syn: {sucking louse}] 2: a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect [syn: {worm}, {insect}, {dirt ball}] 3: any of several small insects especially aphids that feed by sucking the juices from plants [syn: {plant louse}] 4: wingless insect with mouth parts adapted for biting; mostly parasitic on birds [syn: {bird louse}, {biting louse}] [also: {lice} (pl)]

Louse \Louse\ (lous), n.; pl. {Lice} (l[imac]s). [OE. lous, AS. l[=u]s, pl. l[=y]s; akin to D. luis, G. laus, OHG. l[=u]s, Icel. l[=u]s, Sw. lus, Dan. luus; perh. so named because it is destructive, and akin to E. lose, loose.] (Zo["o]l.) 1. Any one of numerous species of small, wingless, suctorial, parasitic insects belonging to a tribe ({Pediculina}), now usually regarded as degraded Hemiptera. To this group belong of the lice of man and other mammals; as, the head louse of man ({Pediculus capitis}), the body louse ({Pediculus vestimenti}), and the crab louse ({Phthirius pubis}), and many others. See {Crab louse}, {Dog louse}, {Cattle louse}, etc., under {Crab}, {Dog}, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. Any one of numerous small mandibulate insects, mostly parasitic on birds, and feeding on the feathers. They are known as Mallophaga, or bird lice, though some occur on the hair of mammals. They are usually regarded as degraded Pseudoneuroptera. See {Mallophaga}. [1913 Webster] 3. Any one of the numerous species of aphids, or plant lice. See {Aphid}. [1913 Webster] 4. Any small crustacean parasitic on fishes. See {Branchiura}, and {Ichthvophthira}. [1913 Webster] Note: The term is also applied to various other parasites; as, the whale louse, beelouse, horse louse. [1913 Webster] {Louse fly} (Zo["o]l.), a parasitic dipterous insect of the group Pupipara. Some of them are wingless, as the bee louse. {Louse mite} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of mites which infest mammals and birds, clinging to the hair and feathers like lice. They belong to {Myobia}, {Dermaleichus}, {Mycoptes}, and several other genera. [1913 Webster]

Lice \Lice\ (l[imac]s), n.; pl. of {Louse}. [1913 Webster]

Lice (Heb. kinnim), the creatures employed in the third plague sent upon Egypt (Ex. 8:16-18). They were miraculously produced from the dust of the land. "The entomologists Kirby and Spence place these minute but disgusting insects in the very front rank of those which inflict injury upon man. A terrible list of examples they have collected of the ravages of this and closely allied parasitic pests." The plague of lice is referred to in Ps. 105:31. Some have supposed that the word denotes not lice properly, but gnats. Others, with greater probability, take it to mean the "tick" which is much larger than lice.

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  • flea: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • flea: Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002)
  • flea: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • flea: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • flea: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • flea: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
  • lice: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • lice: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • lice: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lice: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lice: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

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