A genus of fleas including Pulex irritans, the common flea that infests humans.

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Examples from the Web for pulex

Historical Examples of pulex

  • There is no mistake as to the meaning and identity of pulex irritans, confound him!

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • The male palpi are smaller than in pulex, though the males are larger.

  • The indigenous fleas of America are only distant relatives of Pulex irritans.

    The Flea

    Harold Russell

  • The human flea (Pulex irritans) appears to occupy an isolated position.

    The Flea

    Harold Russell

  • He also found that Pulex irritans was capable of acting as the carrier.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley