Odonata

plural noun Odo·na·ta \ˌōdənˈätə, -ˈātə; ōˈdänətə\

Definition of Odonata

  1. :  an order of insects containing the dragonflies and damselflies and characterized by aquatic larvae that are nymphs or naiads and by predaciousness in both adult and larval forms

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Origin and Etymology of odonata

New Latin, irregular from Greek odōn tooth + New Latin -ata


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