Beach flea
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]


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  • Beach flea — Beach Beach (b[=e]ch), n.; pl. {Beaches} ( [e^]z). [Cf. Sw. backe hill, Dan. bakke, Icel. bakki hill, bank. Cf. {Bank}.] 1. Pebbles, collectively; shingle. [1913 Webster] 2. The shore of the sea, or of a lake, which is washed by the waves;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beach flea — beach′ flea n. ent any of various tiny crustaceans that inhabit beaches and that jump like fleas • Etymology: 1835–45, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • beach flea — ☆ beach flea n. SAND HOPPER …   English World dictionary

  • beach flea — noun small amphipod crustaceans that hop like fleas; common on ocean beaches • Syn: ↑sand hopper, ↑sandhopper, ↑sand flea • Hypernyms: ↑amphipod • Member Holonyms: ↑Orchestia, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • beach flea — noun Date: 1843 sand flea 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beach flea — any of various small crustaceans, found on beaches, that jump about like fleas. [1835 45, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • beach flea — /ˈbitʃ fli/ (say beech flee) noun any of various small hopping amphipods (family Orchestidae) found on beaches; a sandhopper …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beach — (b[=e]ch), n.; pl. {Beaches} ( [e^]z). [Cf. Sw. backe hill, Dan. bakke, Icel. bakki hill, bank. Cf. {Bank}.] 1. Pebbles, collectively; shingle. [1913 Webster] 2. The shore of the sea, or of a lake, which is washed by the waves; especially, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beach grass — Beach Beach (b[=e]ch), n.; pl. {Beaches} ( [e^]z). [Cf. Sw. backe hill, Dan. bakke, Icel. bakki hill, bank. Cf. {Bank}.] 1. Pebbles, collectively; shingle. [1913 Webster] 2. The shore of the sea, or of a lake, which is washed by the waves;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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