bristletail


bristletail
Any of various small active insects of the order Thysanura, that have two or three bristles at the end of their abdomen and that do not have wings.

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  • Bristletail — Bris tle*tail , n. (Zo[ o]l.) An insect of the genera {Lepisma}, {Campodea}, etc., belonging to the Thysanura. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bristletail — [bris′əltāl΄] n. any of a family (Machilidae) of primitive, wingless, thysanuran insects with bristles at the posterior end …   English World dictionary

  • bristletail — /bris euhl tayl /, n. any of various wingless insects of the order Thysanura, having long, bristlelike, caudal appendages, comprising the firebrats, silverfish, and machilids. [1700 10; BRISTLE + TAIL1] * * * ▪ insect       any of approximately… …   Universalium

  • bristletail — noun Date: 1706 any of various primitive wingless insects (order Thysanura syn. Archaeognatha) with three slender caudal bristles …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Bristletail — Several wingless insects are known as bristletails: *Order Thysanura silverfish and allies *Order Archaeognatha, especially the species Machilis maritima *Order Diplura two pronged bristletails …   Wikipedia

  • bristletail — n. small insect with a long bristlelike tail but has no wings …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bristletail — noun a small primitive wingless insect which has two or three bristles at the end of the abdomen. [Orders Thysanura (with three bristles, including the silverfish) and Diplura (with two bristles).] …   English new terms dictionary

  • bristletail — bris•tle•tail [[t]ˈbrɪs əlˌteɪl[/t]] n. ent any of various wingless insects of the order Thysanura, having long bristlelike caudal appendages, comprising the firebrats and silverfish • Etymology: 1700–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • bristletail — /ˈbrɪsəlteɪl/ (say brisuhltayl) noun any of various wingless insects of the order Thysanura, having long bristle like caudal appendages …   Australian English dictionary

  • bristletail — n. = SILVERFISH …   Useful english dictionary