collembolous

collembolan

[kuh-lem-buh-luhn]
adjective
1.
Also, collembolous. belonging or pertaining to the insect order Collembola, comprising the springtails.
noun
2.
a collembolan insect; springtail.

Origin:
1870; < Neo-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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collembolan (kəˈlɛmbələn)
 
n
1.  any small primitive wingless insect of the order Collembola, which comprises the springtails
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Collembola
 
[C19: from New Latin Collembola, from Greek kolla glue + embolon peg, wedge]

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