1. v. t. To flay.
n. 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
insect generic term, ectoparasite generic term, ectozoan generic term, ectozoon generic term, epizoan generic term, epizoon generic term
After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.
I Samuel 24:14
Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.
I Samuel 26:20