collembolan

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

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

noun

a collembolan insect; springtail.

Nearby words

  1. collegiate,
  2. collegiate church,
  3. collegiate institute,
  4. collegium,
  5. collegium musicum,
  6. collenchyma,
  7. collenchyme,
  8. colles,
  9. colles' fascia,
  10. colles' fracture

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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British Dictionary definitions for collembolan

collembolan

/ (kəˈlɛmbələn) /

noun

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

adjective

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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