from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name of any neuropterous insect of the group Libellulina or Odonata, and families Libellilidœ, Æschnidœ, and Agrionidœ.


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  • Numerous cases could be given among the lower animals of the same organ performing at the same time wholly distinct functions; thus in the larva of the dragon-fly and in the fish Cobites the alimentary canal respires, digests, and excretes.

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  • It is only the nymph of the dragon-fly that sheds her larva and sees the sun in his glory.

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  • The dragon-fly must wing his flight in armour cased: that is the law of his development.


  • The dragon-fly did come back, and chatted away with Tom.

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  • Do not even you know that a green drake, and an alder-fly, and a dragon-fly, live under water till they change their skins, just as Tom changed his?

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  • The dragon-fly had eaten as many as he wanted, and was sitting quite still and sleepy, for it was very hot and bright.

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  • He was sitting on a water-lily leaf, he and his friend the dragon-fly, watching the gnats dance.

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  • It was only a big dock: but you know the dragon-fly had never seen any but little water-trees; starwort, and milfoil, and water-crowfoot, and such like; so it did look very big to him.

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  • I am a dragon-fly now, the king of all the flies; and I shall dance in the sunshine, and hawk over the river, and catch gnats, and have a beautiful wife like myself.

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  • Tom asked the dragon-fly what it could be: but, of course, with his short sight, he could not even see it, though it was not ten yards away.

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