springtail
Pintail Pin"tail`, n. 1. (Zo["o]l.) A northern duck ({Dafila acuta}), native of both continents. The adult male has a long, tapering tail. Called also {gray duck}, {piketail}, {piket-tail}, {spike-tail}, {split-tail}, {springtail}, {sea pheasant}, and {gray widgeon}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The sharp-tailed grouse of the great plains and Rocky Mountains ({Pedioc[ae]tes phasianellus}); -- called also {pintailed grouse}, {pintailed chicken}, {springtail}, and {sharptail}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Springtail — Spring tail ( t[=a]l ), n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small apterous insects belonging to the order {Thysanura}. They have two elastic caudal stylets which can be bent under the abdomen and then suddenly extended like a spring,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • springtail — [spriŋ′tāl΄] any of an order (Collembola) of small, primitive, wingless insects, able to leap great distances by the sudden release of a forklike, abdominal appendage …   English World dictionary

  • Springtail — Springtails Temporal range: Early Devonian–Recent …   Wikipedia

  • springtail — /spring tayl /, n. any of numerous minute, wingless primitive insects of the order Collembola, most possessing a special abdominal appendage for jumping that allows for the nearly perpetual springing pattern characteristic of the group. [1790… …   Universalium

  • springtail — Pintail Pin tail , n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A northern duck ({Dafila acuta}), native of both continents. The adult male has a long, tapering tail. Called also {gray duck}, {piketail}, {piket tail}, {spike tail}, {split tail}, {springtail}, {sea pheasant} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • springtail — noun Date: circa 1797 any of an order (Collembola) of small primitive wingless insects that exhibit incomplete metamorphosis and usually possess a furcula used for jumping called also collembolan …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • springtail — noun Any of various wingless insects, of the order Collembola, that have spring like legs …   Wiktionary

  • springtail — noun a minute wingless insect which has a springlike organ under the abdomen that enables it to leap when disturbed. [Order Collembola.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • springtail — spring•tail [[t]ˈsprɪŋˌteɪl[/t]] n. ent any of numerous minute, wingless primitive insects of the order Collembola, most possessing a special abdominal appendage for jumping • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • springtail — /ˈsprɪŋteɪl/ (say springtayl) noun any of various wingless insects of the order Collembola, having a pair of elastic tail like appendages which are ordinarily folded under the abdomen, but when suddenly extended enable the insect to spring into… …   Australian English dictionary

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