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springtail

[ spring-teyl ]
/ ˈsprɪŋˌteɪl /
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noun
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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Origin of springtail

First recorded in 1790–1800; spring + tail1
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British Dictionary definitions for springtail

springtail
/ (ˈsprɪŋˌteɪl) /

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