spring-tail

springtail

[spring-teyl]
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.

Origin:
1790–1800; spring + tail1

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springtail (ˈsprɪŋˌteɪl)
 
n
any primitive wingless insect of the order Collembola, having a forked springing organ with which it projects itself forward

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