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[coll(o)- + Greek embolos, peg, stopper; see embolus.]
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(Animals) any small primitive wingless insect of the order Collembola, which comprises the springtails
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Collembola
[C19: from New Latin Collembola, from Greek kolla glue + embolon peg, wedge]
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(kəˈlɛm bə lən)

1. Also, col•lem′bo•lous. belonging or pertaining to the insect order Collembola, comprising the springtails.
2. a collembolan insect; springtail.
[1870; < New Latin Collembol(a) (< Greek kóll(a) glue + émbolon wedge; see embolus)]
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Noun1.collembolan - any of numerous minute wingless primitive insects possessing a special abdominal appendage that allows the characteristic nearly perpetual springing patterncollembolan - any of numerous minute wingless primitive insects possessing a special abdominal appendage that allows the characteristic nearly perpetual springing pattern; found in soil rich in organic debris or on the surface of snow or water
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Collembola, order Collembola - minute wingless arthropods: springtails
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The formation of endosulfan sulfate in soil is carried out by fungi (Martens 1977), microorganisms (Miles and Moy 1979), and collembolan (Park 2000).
padi and the collembolan Folsomia candida (Willem) are of poor quality to spiders and carabid beetles.
Collembolan response to experimental perturbations of litter supply in a temperate forest ecosystem.
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King KL, Greenslade P, Hutchinson KJ (1985) Collembolan associations in natural versus improved pastures of the New England Tablelands NSW: distribution of native and introduced species.
Changes in feeding attributes of four collembolan population during the decomposition process of pine needle.