bristletail

noun
bris·​tle·​tail | \ ˈbri-səl-ˌtāl How to pronounce bristletail (audio) \

Definition of bristletail

: any of various primitive wingless insects (order Thysanura synonym Archaeognatha) with three slender caudal bristles

Examples of bristletail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Rockefeller team turned to receptor interactions in the jumping bristletail, an ancestral ground-dwelling insect that has a particularly simple olfactory receptor system. Jordana Cepelewicz, Wired, 27 June 2021 Insects use many other classes of ion channel olfactory receptors, including ones that are much more complex and much more specific than those of the jumping bristletail. Jordana Cepelewicz, Wired, 27 June 2021 Insects use many other classes of ion channel olfactory receptors, including ones that are much more complex and much more specific than those of the jumping bristletail. Jordana Cepelewicz, Wired, 27 June 2021 Insects use many other classes of ion channel olfactory receptors, including ones that are much more complex and much more specific than those of the jumping bristletail. Jordana Cepelewicz, Wired, 27 June 2021 Insects use many other classes of ion channel olfactory receptors, including ones that are much more complex and much more specific than those of the jumping bristletail. Jordana Cepelewicz, Wired, 27 June 2021 The Rockefeller team turned to receptor interactions in the jumping bristletail, an ancestral ground-dwelling insect that has a particularly simple olfactory receptor system. Jordana Cepelewicz, Wired, 27 June 2021 Insects use many other classes of ion channel olfactory receptors, including ones that are much more complex and much more specific than those of the jumping bristletail. Jordana Cepelewicz, Wired, 27 June 2021 The Rockefeller team turned to receptor interactions in the jumping bristletail, an ancestral ground-dwelling insect that has a particularly simple olfactory receptor system. Jordana Cepelewicz, Wired, 27 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bristletail

1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Bristletail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bristletail. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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