drag·​on·​fly | \ ˈdra-gən-ˌflī How to pronounce dragonfly (audio) \

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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Examples of dragonfly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It is overlooked by an impressive eight-foot dragonfly sculpture. courant.com, 7 May 2021 When in flight, Ingenuity’s shadow gives the impression of an oversized, four-winged dragonfly. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 Her dragonfly earrings, meanwhile, are by Laguna Pueblo metalsmith Pat Pruitt, who carves out intricate designs from materials such as zirconium, titanium, and stainless steel. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2021 That’s the size of Meganeura, Whitfield points out, one of the largest members of a dragonfly-like family called griffinflies that thrived around 300 million years ago. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Dec. 2020 Before reunification Frobel would come here to count the green snaketails, a rare dragonfly, and a freshwater pearl mussel. Christopher F. Schuetze New York Times, Star Tribune, 2 Oct. 2020 Andrew Fusek Peters took the images of the emerald damselfly and a female black darter dragonfly on Sept. 29, British news agency SWNS reports. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, 1 Oct. 2020 In addition to animal sightings, the Wetland Loop is known for butterfly and dragonfly sightings. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 20 Aug. 2020 While land bugs were dwindling, freshwater insects, such as mayflies, dragonflies and mosquitoes, are increasing at more than 1 percent a year, the study found. NBC News, 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of dragonfly

1626, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dragonfly was in 1626

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16 May 2021

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“Dragonfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragonfly. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dragonfly

: a large insect that has a long thin body and four wings and that is often seen near water


drag·​on·​fly | \ ˈdra-gən-ˌflī How to pronounce dragonfly (audio) \
plural dragonflies

Kids Definition of dragonfly

: a large insect with a long slender body and four wings

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