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Etymology 1

Scanning electron micrograph of a flea

Old English flēah, flēa. Cognate with Dutch vloo, German Floh.

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Noun

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flea

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  1. A small, wingless, parasitic insect of the order Siphonaptera, renowned for its bloodsucking habits and jumping abilities.
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Etymology 2

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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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