water flea

wa·ter flea
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er flee]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər fli/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er flee]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər fli/

Definitions of water flea words

  • noun water flea any of various small crustaceans that move about in the water like fleas, as those of the genus Daphnia. 1
  • noun water flea common name 1
  • noun water flea any of numerous minute freshwater branchiopod crustaceans of the order Cladocera, which swim by means of hairy branched antennae 0
  • noun water flea any of an order (Cladocera) of mostly freshwater branchiopods; esp., any of a genus (Daphnia) commonly found in ponds and used to feed fish in aquariums 0
  • noun water flea Any of various aquatic crustacea of the order Cladocera, characterised by their jumping or jerky mode of swimming. 0

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Origin of water flea

First appearance:

before 1575
One of the 34% oldest English words
First recorded in 1575-85

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water flea popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 44% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 54% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

water flea usage trend in Literature

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