from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small wingless insects of the order Collembola, having abdominal appendages that act as springs to catapult them through the air. Also called collembolan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various wingless insects, of the order Collembola, that have spring-like legs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of small apterous insects belonging to the order Thysanura. They have two elastic caudal stylets which can be bent under the abdomen and then suddenly extended like a spring, thus enabling them to leap to a considerable distance. See collembola, and podura.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A collembolous thysanurous insect which leaps or skips about by means of abdominal hairs acting like a spring, as any poduran.
  • n. A thysanurous insect of the suborder Cinura, oftener called bristletail. See Cinura, Lepisma, and cut under silver fish.
  • n. One of certain minute neuropterous insects of the panorpid genus Boreus, found in moss and on the surface of snow; a snow-fly. This insect springs, but not by means of anal appendages.

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


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