Meaning of “flea” in the English Dictionary

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"flea" in British English

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fleanoun [ C ]

uk /fliː/ us /fliː/

Examples from literature

  • 'I wonder,' he went on, after a brief silence, 'how it is there are no fleas here? 
  • Do you notice any trace of fleas? 
  • It is a fine thing to be a flea on a lion. 
  • Now, the long fur heated and worried the dog constantly and the fleas nearly drove him mad. 

(Definition of “flea” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"flea" in American English

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fleanoun [ C ]

us /fli/

a very small jumping insect without wings that feeds on the blood of animals and people

(Definition of “flea” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)