- A genus of fleas including Pulex irritans, the common flea that infests humans.
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Examples from the Web for 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 Common Spiders of the United States
James Henry Emerton
The indigenous fleas of America are only distant relatives of Pulex irritans.
The human flea (Pulex irritans) appears to occupy an isolated position.
He also found that Pulex irritans was capable of acting as the carrier.Handbook of Medical Entomology
William Albert Riley