flea

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Etymology 1[edit]

False colors scanning electron micrograph of a flea

From Middle English fle, from Old English flēah, flēa, from Proto-Germanic *flauhaz (cf. West Frisian flie, Dutch vlo, German Floh), from pre-Germanic *plóukos, from Proto-Indo-European *plúsis.

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flea (plural fleas)

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

  1. Obsolete spelling of flay.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 74:
      In this Thwackum had the advantage; for while Square could only scarify the poor lad's reputation, he could flea his skin [...].

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