Pulex

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Pulex type genus of the Pulicidae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pulex (Zoöl) A genus of parasitic insects including the fleas. See Flea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pulex A notable genus of insects, typical of the Pulicidæ, or flea family. They lead a semi-parasitic life upon man and other animals. The larvæ feed on refuse, and are slender and whitish. Many species are known. P. irritans is the common flea which infests man. P. canis is found upon the cat and the dog. See cut under flea.
    • n pulex [lowercase] A flea, or some similar creature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pulex pū′leks a genus of insects: the flea.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a flea
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

Mr Masterman makes some interesting remarks on the chigo, or sand-flea (Pulex penetrans).
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
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