Definitions

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

  • noun Any of numerous predatory insects of the order Odonata, having large eyes, a long slender body, and two pairs of transparent veined wings, especially those of the order Anisoptera, which hold the wings outstretched when at rest, as distinguished from the damselflies.

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

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

Etymologies

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From dragon +‎ fly.

Examples

  • In Newyork, the dragonfly is symbolic of success and happiness.

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  • His eyes closed but the lids burned till he opened them again, and when he opened them the dragonfly was there.

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  • His eyes closed but the lids burned till he opened them again, and when he opened them the dragonfly was there.

    The Silence

  • His eyes closed but the lids burned till he opened them again, and when he opened them the dragonfly was there.

    The Silence

  • The bee, the robin, the frog, and the dragonfly are all made using wax that I dyed with black cobalt stain.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Seeing and flying like a dragonfly could be the key to developing highly versatile micro-aerial vehicles.

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  • 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).

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  • 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

  • This word actually has 4 words in it!

    March 18, 2010

  • Scots horse-stang.

    May 20, 2011

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

    May 20, 2011