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Any of numerous small wingless hexapods of the class Collembola, having the ability to jump by means of a forked appendage on the abdomen that acts as a spring. Also called collembolan.
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(Animals) any primitive wingless insect of the order Collembola, having a forked springing organ with which it projects itself forward
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any of numerous minute, wingless primitive insects of the order Collembola, most possessing a special abdominal appendage for jumping.
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|Noun||1.||springtail - 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
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