Found 2 items, similar to Beach flea.
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Definition: beach flea
n : small amphipod crustaceans that hop like fleas; common on
ocean beaches [syn: sand hopper
, sand flea
English → English
Definition: Beach 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
An insect belonging to the genus Pulex
, of the order
. 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
, formerly Pulex canis
) and the
smaller cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis
) take its place.
, and Dog flea
. See Illustration in
A flea in the ear
, an unwelcome hint or unexpected reply,
annoying like a flea; an irritating repulse; as, to put a
flea in one's ear; to go away with a flea in one's ear.
, Black flea
, etc. See under 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.
2. The shore of the sea, or of a lake, which is washed by the
waves; especially, a sandy or pebbly shore; the strand.
(Zo["o]l.), the common name of many species of
amphipod Crustacea, of the family Orchestid[ae]
on the sea beaches, and leaping like fleas.
(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
, a light open wagon with two or more seats.
, 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.