col·​lem·​bo·​lan kə-ˈlem-bə-lən How to pronounce collembolan (audio)
collembolan adjective
or collembolous

Examples of collembolan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the most part, the critters eat insects and collembolans, a soft-bodied hexapod. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 16 Mar. 2017

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Word History


ultimately from coll- + Greek embolos wedge, stopper — more at embolus

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of collembolan was in 1873

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“Collembolan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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