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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Linnean genus of pseudoneuropterous insects with mandibulate mouth and anal forceps.
  • n. [lowercase] Any dragon-fly or libellulid.

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  • . . . the procession of my Russian and English harlequins, followed by a tiger or two, scarlet-tongued, and a libellula girl on an elephant.
    --Vladimir Nabokov, 1974, Look at the Harlequins! p. 228

    June 13, 2009