[ kuh-lem-buh-luh n ]
/ kəˈlɛm bə lən /


Also col·lem·bo·lous. belonging or pertaining to the insect order Collembola, comprising the springtails.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for collembolan

/ (kəˈlɛmbələn) /


any small primitive wingless insect of the order Collembola, which comprises the springtails


of, relating to, or belonging to the Collembola

Word Origin for collembolan

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