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springtail

[spring-teyl] /ˈsprɪŋˌteɪl/
noun
1.
any of numerous minute, wingless primitive insects of the order Collembola, most possessing a special abdominal appendage for jumping that allows for the nearly perpetual springing pattern characteristic of the group.
Origin of springtail
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; spring + tail1
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springtail

/ˈsprɪŋˌteɪl/
noun
1.
any primitive wingless insect of the order Collembola, having a forked springing organ with which it projects itself forward
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