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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous often brightly colored, predatory odonate insects of the suborder Zygoptera that have a long slender body with transparent veined wings and that, unlike dragonflies, hold the wings together over the abdomen when at rest.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dragon-fly or devil's darning-needle: so called after the French name of these insects, demoiselle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a slender nonstinging insect similar to but smaller than the dragonfly but having wings folded when at rest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of various insects of the suborder Zygoptera that have long slender bodies, and are similar to dragonflies but having wings folded when at rest.

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

  • noun slender non-stinging insect similar to but smaller than the dragonfly but having wings folded when at rest

Etymologies

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damsel +‎ fly

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