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
Recent Examples of dragonfly from the Web
The red ants open the show with a precise, jaw-dropping, foot-juggling act; then a dragonfly performs an amazing hand-balancing act that had my kids both oooh-ing and ew-ing at his strength and flexibility.
Near a window overlooking the grounds outside the arboretum's Thornhill Education Center was his favorite piece: a relief of hummingbirds and dragonflies among a bed of flowers.
A dragonfly belt clasp gave a silk bustier dress in ochre a magical quality.
Metallic-blue dragonflies cavorted above the pondweed at lake’s edge, zooming in and out of sight like glimpses of neon seen from a speeding car.
Right now, scientists have only gone as far as getting the dragonfly to fly in a straight line.
A blend of grenache and syrah, this rosé is an arrestingly ghostly pink, almost as clear and pale as a dragonfly's wing.
Police found her dragonfly charm necklace, a bloody box-cutter knife, and a severed finger of hers at the scene.
The trails loop around Quiambog Cove through fields lined with stone walls and filled with dragonflies and butterflies.
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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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