Definition of bristletail in English:

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bristletail

Pronunciation: /ˈbrɪs(ə)lteɪl/

noun

A small primitive wingless insect which has bristles at the end of the abdomen.
  • Orders Thysanura (the true bristletails, with three bristles, including the silverfish) and Diplura (the two-pronged bristletails), subclass Apterygota
Example sentences
  • Jumping bristletails moult 8 to 10 times before reaching sexual maturity, which may take up to two years.
  • The bristletails and silverfish both have two long cerci, and between this a caudal appendage.
  • The jumping bristletails are an inconspicuous group, looking much like their better-known cousins, the silverfish.

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