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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flea  \Flea\,  v.  t.  [See  {Flay}.] 
  To  flay.  [Obs.] 
 
  He  will  be  fleaced  first  And  horse  collars  made  of's 
  skin.  --J.  Fletcher. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flea  \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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flea 
  n  :  any  wingless  blood-sucking  parasitic  insect  noted  for 
  ability  to  leap 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  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." 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  FLEA 
  Four  Letter  Extended  Acronym 
 
 




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