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Noun: springtail  'spring,teyl
  1. Any of numerous minute wingless primitive insects possessing a special abdominal appendage that allows the characteristic nearly perpetual springing pattern; found in soil rich in organic debris or on the surface of snow or water
    - collembolan

Derived forms: springtails

Type of: insect

Part of: Collembola, order Collembola

Encyclopedia: Springtail