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.
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How to use springtail in a sentence
Some of nature’s extreme self-launchers, the springtails, turn out to be much more acrobatic than scientists thought.
The spring serves the Collembola which possess it as an efficient leaping-organ (see springtail).
British Dictionary definitions for springtail
any primitive wingless insect of the order Collembola, having a forked springing organ with which it projects itself forward
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