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Definitions and Synonyms of water flea | Another word for water flea | What is water flea?

Definition 1: minute freshwater crustacean having a round body enclosed in a transparent shell; moves about like a flea by means of hairy branched antennae - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for water flea in the sense of this definition

(water flea is a kind of ...) aquatic crustaceans typically having a carapace and many pairs of leaflike appendages used for swimming as well as respiration and feeding

(... is a member of water flea) water fleas

Definition 2: minute free-swimming freshwater copepod having a large median eye and pear-shaped body and long antennae used in swimming; important in some food chains and as intermediate hosts of parasitic worms that affect man e.g. Guinea worms - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for water flea in the sense of this definition

(water flea is a kind of ...) minute marine or freshwater crustaceans usually having six pairs of limbs on the thorax; some abundant in plankton and others parasitic on fish

(... is a member of water flea) copepod water fleas

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