American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- n. An insect of the suborder Anisoptera with four long transparent wings held perpendicular to a long body.
- n. slender-bodied non-stinging insect having iridescent wings that are outspread at rest; adults and nymphs feed on mosquitoes etc.
- From dragon + fly. (Wiktionary)
“In Newyork, the dragonfly is symbolic of success and happiness.”
“The bee, the robin, the frog, and the dragonfly are all made using wax that I dyed with black cobalt stain.”
“His eyes closed but the lids burned till he opened them again, and when he opened them the dragonfly was there.”
“The city of Calio is home to all the technological advances created by Rendor, mostly in the form of airships and the smaller ingenious flying craft-- known as the dragonfly-- that patrol the skies against the mostly forgotten threat of the Skylords.”
“We would not call a dragonfly eye and a human eye homologous—they seem so different, in so many ways, and the evidence suggests that our last common ancestor was eyeless, with little more than photosensitive spots.”
“Seeing and flying like a dragonfly could be the key to developing highly versatile micro-aerial vehicles.”
“The extraordinary flying ability of the dragonfly has been the subject of ongoing research by Richard Berry from the Centre for Visual Sciences at Australian National University (ANU).”
“Slightly below the thorax on both sides of the dragonfly are a pair of hind wings also used for flight.”
“On top of this the core of ISS is not "dragonfly" style like MIR - it cannot be arbitrarily reconfigured.”
“That is the word for "dragonfly" in Chichewa, my son Vasco's native language.”
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Looking for tweets for dragonfly.