Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various large insects of the order Odonata or suborder Anisoptera, having a long slender body and two pairs of narrow, net-veined wings that are usually held outstretched while the insect is at rest. Also called regionally darner, darning needle, devil's darning needle, ear sewer, mosquito fly, mosquito hawk, needle, skeeter hawk, snake doctor, snake feeder, spindle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An insect of the suborder Anisoptera with four long transparent wings held perpendicular to a long body.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. slender-bodied non-stinging insect having iridescent wings that are outspread at rest; adults and nymphs feed on mosquitoes etc.

Etymologies

From dragon +‎ fly. (Wiktionary)

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  • also see darner and other d-f names 'dragonfly names' list

    May 20, 2011

  • Scots horse-stang.

    May 20, 2011

  • This word actually has 4 words in it!

    March 18, 2010

  • I had no idea these animals were so ancient. "They evolved during the Mississippian Period, about 360-325 million years ago. Huge dragonflies with wingspans up to 27.5 inches (70 cm) existed during the Mesozoic Era (when the dinosaurs lived)." (enchantedlearning.com)

    August 29, 2008