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Siphonaptera

Siphonaptera

The fleas, an order of wingless insect ectoparasites highly adapted for survival in mammalian fur; they are flattened laterally, spined, and equipped with well-developed metathoracic legs for jumping.

Origin: G. Siphon, tube, _ G. A-priv. _ pteron, wing


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