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 for springtail
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pintail \Pin"tail`\, n.
     1. (Zool.) 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. (Zool.) 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]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Springtail \Spring"tail`\ (-t[=a]l`), n. (Zool.)
     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, thus enabling them to leap
     to a considerable distance. See Collembola, and Podura.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 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 [syn: collembolan, springtail]

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