from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Any one of several species of Pulicidæ found on rats.
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P. 153 discusses the rat-flea theory of dissemination of bubonic plague, summing up the evidence of various observers, including the Indian
Methods of infection, spread, relation of rats to the disease and a review of the rat-flea theory.
Substitute humans for bunnies, and this scenario offers a simpler, more cold-climate-friendly explanation than the conventional rat-flea model.
"'Look, thou dog,' said Mir Jan to Suleiman, 'should this rat-flea escape, thy soul and thy body shall pay, for I will put out thine eyes with glowing charcoal and hang thee in the skin of a pig, if I have to follow thee to Cabul to do it -- yea, to Balkh or Bokhara.