Definition of dragonfly
: any of a suborder (Anisoptera) of odonate insects that are larger and stouter than damselflies, hold the wings horizontal in repose, and have rectal gills during the naiad stage; broadly : odonate
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More gunships thudded down like giant dragonflies alighting.
Those robo-dragonflies may not be the only creatures keeping an eye on you.
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First Known Use of dragonfly
DRAGONFLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dragonfly for English Language Learners
: a large insect that has a long thin body and four wings and that is often seen near water
DRAGONFLY Defined for Kids
Definition of dragonfly for Students
: a large insect with a long slender body and four wings
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