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1. Any of various small wingless insects of the order Archaeognatha, having a three-pronged tail and large compound eyes and tending to jump when disturbed.
2. A silverfish.
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(Animals) any primitive wingless insect of the orders Thysanura and Diplura, such as the silverfish and firebrat, having a flattened body and long tail appendages
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(ˈbrɪs əlˌteɪl)

any of various wingless insects of the order Thysanura, having long bristlelike caudal appendages, comprising the firebrats and silverfish.
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Noun1.bristletail - small wingless insect with a long bristlelike tailbristletail - small wingless insect with a long bristlelike tail
thysanuran insect, thysanuron - primitive wingless insects: bristletail
firebrat, Thermobia domestica - lives in warm moist areas e.g. around furnaces
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As the cricket guano community declined, only the snail Carychium stygium, the millipede Scoterpes copei and the bristletail Litocampa cookei persisted through the late 1980s.
The discoveries include grazers such as four species of isopods, or pillbugs, six springtails, a millipede, and a bristletail. Among the new species of carnivores are two pseudoscorpions, a 2-inch-long centipede, a worm-sucking leech, four spiders, and a water scorpion.
Koch M (2009) 'Biodiversity of the two-pronged bristletails (Diplura) in Western Australia as revealed from recent mining projects.' (Unpublished report.) Available at irm/PDF/1206_0/3KKochBiodiversityofDipluransinWA [verified 26 July 2018]