col·​lem·​bo·​lan | \ kə-ˈlem-bə-lən How to pronounce collembolan (audio) \

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collembolan or collembolous \ kə-​ˈlem-​bə-​ləs How to pronounce collembolous (audio) \ adjective

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For the most part, the critters eat insects and collembolans, a soft-bodied hexapod. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Spiders Eat Up to 800 Million Tons of Prey Each Year," 16 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of collembolan

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collembolan

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

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