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1. A young woman.
2. A demoiselle crane.
3. See damselfly.

[French, damsel, from Old French dameisele; see damsel.]


1. (Animals) Also called: demoiselle crane or Numidian crane a small crane, Anthropoides virgo, of central Asia, N Africa, and SE Europe, having grey plumage with long black breast feathers and white ear tufts
2. (Animals) a less common name for a damselfly
3. (Animals) another name for damselfish
4. a literary word for damsel
[C16: from French: young woman; see damsel]


(ˌdɛm wəˈzɛl, ˌdɛm ə-)

1. an unmarried girl or young woman.
2. a small gray crane, Anthropoides virgo, of N Africa and Eurasia, with white neck plumes.
3. a damselfly, esp. of the genus Agrion.
[1760–70; < French; see damsel]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demoiselle - a young unmarried womandemoiselle - a young unmarried woman    
maiden, maid - an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)
2.demoiselle - small brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes of coral reefsdemoiselle - small brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes of coral reefs
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
beaugregory, Pomacentrus leucostictus - a blue and yellow damselfish of Bermuda and Florida and the West Indies
anemone fish - live associated with sea anemones
Abudefduf saxatilis, sergeant major - large blue-grey black-striped damselfish; nearly worldwide
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This second in this two-part series features some truly unique sights, like the 25,000 Demoiselle Cranes who fly into the desert town of Khichan every winter to feed.
And this second part features some truly unique sights - like the 25,000 demoiselle cranes which fly into the desert town of Khichan every winter to feed.
He said these birds include some of the magnificent species such as demoiselle cranes and Eurasian cranes.
As are his snapshots of a school of catfish in the Gadsisar Lake of Jaisalmer, a sand boa fighting a deadly battle with a spiny- tailed lizard in The Desert National Park, a magnificent female ghariyal basking in the sun by the Chambal river and the demoiselle cranes that have flown all the way from Mongolia and Eurasia.
Besides these ospreys, ruddy shelduck, demoiselle cranes and cormorants are a plenty.
And that's what makes it so powerful - similarly the scenes of Demoiselle cranes migrating from Russia to India for winter and flying over Everest, a peak so high they can barely breathe or flap their wings against the freezing winds.