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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Sho-Fu-En is home to wildlife: hawks and night herons, rabbits and raccoons, geese, squirrels, a fox, turtles, toads and fish and dragonflies. Colleen Smith, The Denver Post, "Denver’s oasis has been tucked away in the Denver Botanic Gardens for 40 years," 29 June 2019 Now, going from two wings to four isn’t like going from a fly to a dragonfly, which the robot now loosely resembles. Matt Simon, WIRED, "What Could Possibly Be Cooler Than RoboBee? RoboBee X-Wing," 26 June 2019 That’s like telling the difference between the dragonfly’s flutter and the hum of a locust. Quanta Magazine, "The Neuroscience Behind Bad Decisions," 23 Aug. 2016 Flying insects like bees, dragonflies, and fruit flies can perform impressive aerodynamic feats, particularly when seeking to evade predators or the swatting motion of a human hand. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "This nifty flying robot can hover, bank, and turn as deftly as a fruit fly," 13 Sep. 2018 Pack a lunch to enjoy on the rocky shoreline, while watching the dragonflies and amphibians skim the water. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Best Day Trips from Seattle," 17 May 2018 Dragonfly larvae feed on mosquito larvae and adult dragonflies feed on adult mosquitoes while Mermithids are a parasitic to mosquitoes. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County breeds carnivorous plants, mosquito assassins to limit mosquito population," 7 July 2018 During my visit, dozens of dragonflies buzzed through the air around the summit. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Hike To Lions Head And A View That Will Make You Roar In Delight," 24 June 2018 Deer Pond, located at the southern end of the preserve, is very scenic with lilies floating in the water and dragonflies daintily hanging on grass along the banks. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "10 Miles Of Trails Open 7 Days A Week, 52 Weeks A Year. Sherman's Deer Pond Farm Makes Its Debut," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of dragonfly

1626, in the meaning defined above

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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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