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; especially, a sandy or pebbly shore; the strand. [1913 Webster]

{Beach flea} (Zo["o]l.), the common name of many species of amphipod Crustacea, of the family {Orchestid[ae]}, living on the sea beaches, and leaping like fleas.

{Beach grass} (Bot.), a coarse grass ({Ammophila arundinacea}), growing on the sandy shores of lakes and seas, which, by its interlaced running rootstocks, binds the sand together, and resists the encroachment of the waves.

{Beach wagon}, a light open wagon with two or more seats.

{Raised beach}, an accumulation of water-worn stones, gravel, sand, and other shore deposits, above the present level of wave action, whether actually raised by elevation of the coast, as in Norway, or left by the receding waters, as in many lake and river regions. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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… …   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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