from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See springtail.
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- n. Any insect of the order Collembola; the springtails
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or having the characters of the Collembola.
- n. One of the Collembola.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous minute wingless primitive insects possessing a special abdominal appendage that allows the characteristic nearly perpetual springing pattern; found in soil rich in organic debris or on the surface of snow or water
coll(o)- + Greek embolos, peg, stopper; see embolus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)