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EtymologyEdit

From de- +‎ flea (noun)

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deflea (third-person singular simple present defleas, present participle defleaing, simple past and past participle defleaed)

  1. (transitive) To rid of fleas.
    I had to deflea our cat with a flea comb, even though it wears a flea collar.
    • 1948, University of Florida Publications in Experimental Applied Economics, Volume 3, page 124,
      The DDT powder does not kill the rats; it merely defleas them and lessens the likelihood of the spread of typhus fever from rat to man.
    • 1969, Elizabeth Charles, How to Keep Your Pet Healthy[1], page 99:
      A fine metal flea comb is an added aid in defleaing a cat, especially if you are the type who gains satisfaction from “cracking” fleas caught in the comb, or from trying to drown them in a glass of water!
    • 1977, The New York Times Biographical Service, Volume 8, page 57,
      She cares personally for her dogs, feeds them, defleas them, shouts crossly at them when they misbehave.
    • 1986, Pure-bred Dogs American Kennel Gazette, Volume 103, page 95,
      House, kennels, bedding, runs, all have to be defleaed, as well as the dogs. Note: If the dogs have to be wormed, it is wise to postpone any defleaing efforts for three weeks after worming.
    • 1989, Stuart Brent, Seven Stairs: An Adventure of the Heart[2], page 132:
      I had my own dog, but I also caught every stray dog in the neighborhood, washed and defleaed it, and anointed it with cologne (causing a great rumpus when discovered by one of my sisters from whom the cheap scent had been appropriated).
    • 2008, Bev Cooke. Feral, page 17,
      I can get her defleaed. That wouldn't be a problem. I can pay for it now that I've got an after-school job. And Mom's a sucker for strays.
    • 2009, Louis de Bernières, The Death of Miss Agatha Feakes, [originally published in 2009, Notwithstanding], Storycuts, 2011, unnumbered page,
      She sits in her armchair, and, one by one, she defleas her cats.

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