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drag·on·fly

 (drăg′ən-flī′)
n.
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. Also called regionally darner, darning needle, devil's darning needle, mosquito fly, mosquito hawk, needle, skeeter hawk, snake doctor, snake feeder, spindle.
Our Living Language Regional terms for the dragonfly are numerous—the Dictionary of American Regional English lists nearly 80 of them. The greatest variety of terms is to be found in the South, where the most widespread term is snake doctor (a name based on a folk belief that dragonflies take care of snakes). The Midland equivalent is snake feeder. Speakers from the Lower South and the Mississippi Valley, on the other hand, are more likely to refer to the same insect as a mosquito fly, mosquito hawk, or, in the South Atlantic states, a skeeter hawk. The imagery outside the South often alludes to the insect's shape rather than its behavior or diet: speakers in the West, in the Upper North, and in New England call it a darner, darning needle, or, less commonly, a devil's darning needle, and those in the Upper North also refer to it just as a needle; those in coastal New Jersey, a spindle.

dragonfly

(ˈdræɡənˌflaɪ)
n, pl -flies
1. (Animals) any predatory insect of the suborder Anisoptera, having a large head and eyes, a long slender body, two pairs of iridescent wings that are outspread at rest, and aquatic larvae: order Odonata. See also damselfly
2. (Animals) any other insect of the order Odonata

drag•on•fly

(ˈdræg ənˌflaɪ)

n., pl. -flies.
any nonstinging insect of the order Odonata (suborder Anisoptera), distinguished from the damselfly by having the wings open when at rest.
[1620–30]

drag·on·fly

(drăg′ən-flī′)
Any of various insects having a long slender body and two pairs of many-veined wings that are held outstretched at rest.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dragonfly - slender-bodied non-stinging insect having iridescent wings that are outspread at restdragonfly - slender-bodied non-stinging insect having iridescent wings that are outspread at rest; adults and nymphs feed on mosquitoes etc.
odonate - large primitive predatory aquatic insect having two pairs of membranous wings
Translations
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guldsmed
kiil
sudenkorento
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szitakötő
drekafluga
トンボ
잠자리
libellula
laumžirgisskėtė
spāre
libelulă
vážka
kačji pastir
trollslända
แมลงปอ
yusufçukkızböceği
con chuồn chuồn

dragonfly

[ˈdrægənflaɪ] Nlibélula f, caballito m del diablo

dragonfly

[ˈdrægənflaɪ] nlibellule f

dragonfly

nLibelle f

dragonfly

[ˈdrægnˌflaɪ] nlibellula

dragonfly

(ˈdrӕgənflai) noun
a kind of insect with a long body and double wings.

dragonfly

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Because the dragonfly nymph emerges from still water and takes to the air, dragonflies symbolized protection from death.
INDIRECT EFFECTS OF PREDATION RISK ON DRAGONFLY NYMPH FORAGING.
The star of the show was a terrifying-looking dragonfly nymph. Its jaws, designed to grab and devour tadpoles, were the inspiration behind the gruesome star of the Alien films.
But a bee's hive is only for bees; a gathering of ladybugs is too crowded; and the dragonfly nymph stays under the cold ice--far too chilly!
From both the laboratory and the field test results, it is apparent that mosquito larvae are a favorite food source for the dragonfly nymph, a result that agrees with the laboratory-based observations of Hati and Ghosh (1965) in Calcutta.
Within minutes after hatching from its egg, a dragonfly nymph is on the prowl for prey, and it is supremely well-equipped for hunting.
NATURAL HIGH: "Sitting beside my next-door neighbour's garden pond watching a dragonfly nymph pull itself out of the water, burst open its case and emerge as a magnificent dragonfly."
A dragonfly nymph (young) hatches in the marsh waters and spends most of its life there.
I also found my very first dragonfly nymph amongst the reeds and was inspired to realise how something so beautiful can morph from such a prehistoric looking pupa.
In addition, the dragonfly nymph has the ability to dart swiftly through the water by means of jet propulsion.
Dragonfly nymph - Found in quiet waters, in sediment or on vegetation.