sand flea
noun Date: 1796 1. a flea (as a chigoe) found in sandy places 2. any of numerous amphipod crustaceans (family Talitridae) living on ocean beaches and leaping like fleas — called also beach flea

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  • Sand flea — Sand Sand, n. [AS. sand; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant, Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr. ?.] 1. Fine particles of stone, esp. of siliceous stone, but not reduced to dust; comminuted stone in the form of loose grains, which are not coherent …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sand flea — may refer to:* Talitridae * Sandfly * Mole crab * Chigoe flea ( Tunga penetrans ) …   Wikipedia

  • sand flea — sand′ flea n. 1) ent beach flea 2) ent chigoe • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • sand flea — n. 1. CHIGOE 2. SAND HOPPER …   English World dictionary

  • sand flea — n CHIGOE (1) * * * chigoe …   Medical dictionary

  • sand flea — 1. See beach flea. 2. chigoe. [1790 1800] * * * or beach flea Hopping terrestrial crustacean (family Talitridae). The European sand flea (Talitrus saltator) is about 0.6 in. (1.5 cm) long. The long horned sand flea (T. longicornis), found on the… …   Universalium

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

  • sand flea — noun a) Any of various small crustaceans of the order Amphipoda, that are found on beaches and jump like a flea. b) A small tropical flea, Tunga penetrans; a chigoe …   Wiktionary

  • sand-flea — n. Beach flea, sandhopper, amphiped, sea flea …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • sand flea — noun 1》 another term for chigger (in sense 1). 2》 another term for sandhopper …   English new terms dictionary

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