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 (ōd′n-āt′, ō-dŏn′-)
Any of numerous predatory insects of the order Odonata, which includes the dragonflies and damselflies, characterized by a long, slender, often brightly colored body, two pairs of transparent veined wings, large compound eyes, and an aquatic larval stage.

[From New Latin Odōnata, order name, from Greek odōn, tooth; see -odon.]

o′do·nate′ adj.


(Zoology) an insect, such as a dragonfly, that belongs to the zoological group Odonata
(Zoology) relating to the zoological group Odonata


(ˈoʊd nˌeɪt, oʊˈdɒn eɪt)
1. any of numerous large predatory aquatic insects of the order Odonata, occurring worldwide and characterized by two pairs of membranous wings: includes damselflies and dragonflies.
2. belonging or pertaining to the order Odonata.
[< New Latin Odonata (1792), irreg. < Greek odṓn tooth + New Latin -ata -ata]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.odonate - large primitive predatory aquatic insect having two pairs of membranous wings
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Odonata, order Odonata - dragonflies and damselflies
dragonfly, mosquito hawk, skeeter hawk, snake doctor, snake feeder, sewing needle, darning needle, devil's darning needle - slender-bodied non-stinging insect having iridescent wings that are outspread at rest; adults and nymphs feed on mosquitoes etc.
damselfly - slender non-stinging insect similar to but smaller than the dragonfly but having wings folded when at rest
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hastata is the only odonate species known to be parthenogenetic and one rare examples of an arthropod that fulfils the criteria of obligate parthenogenesis, diploidy, and geographic isolation from sexual relatives.
The aims of this study were to determine a correlation between water acidification and ion levels in the haemolymph and to examine the physiological response and ion change of the haemolymph of odonate nymphs to acidic conditions in the laboratory.
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Consequently, odonate species may be good indicator species for the quality of aquatic habitats (e.
Alternative prey influences efficacy of biocontrol agents, evident from the studies on cyclopoid copepod (26), dytiscid beetles (27,28), odonate larvae (29), larvae of the predatory mosquito Toxorhynchites splendens (30), and heteropteran bugs (31-33).
But anyone who's fascinated by these often brightly colored, vaguely helicopter-like insects that flit through backyard gardens and hover around bodies of water will have plenty to learn and hundreds of colorful photos for identification of just about any odonate that comes by.
The effect of intraspecific and interspecific interactions on perch-height preferences of three odonate taxa.
Habitat requirements also make observation more difficult than observing many other odonate species.
Few dragonfly societies have compiled as thorough an account of their odonate fauna as DragonflyIreland's The Natural History of Ireland's Dragonflies.
There are informed and informative descriptions of resident and migrant species, detailed descriptions of major odonate habitats, a gallery section illustrating and describing over fifty sites, and more.
This species of odonate appears to be extremely resistant to metals compared in general to other common aquatic test species (e.