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collembolan

[kuh-lem-buh-luh n] /kəˈlɛm bə lən/
adjective
1.
Also, collembolous. belonging or pertaining to the insect order Collembola, comprising the springtails.
noun
2.
a collembolan insect; springtail.
Origin of collembolan
1870
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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collembolan

/kəˈlɛmbələn/
noun
1.
any small primitive wingless insect of the order Collembola, which comprises the springtails
adjective
2.
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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