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[kuh-lem-buh-luh n]
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  1. Also col·lem·bo·lous. belonging or pertaining to the insect order Collembola, comprising the springtails.
  1. a collembolan insect; springtail.

Origin of collembolan

1870; < New Latin Collembol(a) order name (equivalent to Greek kóll(a) glue + émbola, plural of émbolon wedge, stopper (see embolus); so named from the collophore) + -an
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Historical Examples

  • Mr. Carpenter also tells me that the Collembolan, Isotoma littoralis, is a typical northern migrant.

    The History of the European Fauna

    R. F. Scharff

British Dictionary definitions for collembolan


  1. any small primitive wingless insect of the order Collembola, which comprises the springtails
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Collembola

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Collembola, from Greek kolla glue + embolon peg, wedge
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