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springtail

Syllabification: spring·tail
Pronunciation: /ˈspriNGtāl
 
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Definition of springtail in English:

noun

A minute primitive wingless insect that has a springlike organ under the abdomen that enables it to leap when disturbed. Springtails are abundant in the soil and leaf litter.
  • Order Collembola: many families
Example sentences
  • Various crane flies, spiders, springtails and other species have life cycles of 3 to 5 years.
  • The GM portions of the beet fields also had fewer butterflies, but more springtails, which are small arthropods that feed on dead plants.
  • Using high-speed digital cameras up to frame rates of 5,000 frames per second, the team was able to film, in extreme detail, tiny springtails jumping, showing exactly how different species jump and right themselves when they land.

Words that rhyme with springtail

ringtail

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