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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.]
(Zoology) an insect, such as a dragonfly, that belongs to the zoological group Odonata
(Zoology) relating to the zoological group Odonata
o•do•nate(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.adj.
2. belonging or pertaining to the order Odonata.
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|Noun||1.||odonate - large primitive predatory aquatic insect having two pairs of membranous wings|
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
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