Collembola

plural noun Col·lem·bo·la \ kə-ˈlem-bə-lə \

Definition of Collembola

:an order of small primitively wingless arthropods that are related to or sometimes classed among the true insects, are characterized by presence of a collophore on the first abdominal segment, not more than 6 abdominal segments, 3 pairs of legs, and usually a forked caudal furcula, are found especially in soil rich in organic debris or on the surface of snow or water, and comprise the springtails

collembolous

play \kə-ˈlem-bə-ləs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of collembola

New Latin, from coll- + -embola (from Greek embolos, embolon peg, wedge); from their collophore


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