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

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Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bristletail was in 1706

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“Bristletail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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