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 There are hands-on activity stations for kids and outdoor activities like hopscotch courts, a water feature, a dragonfly bench and toadstool hideaway in Exploratory Park, on the south side of Main Street across from the Original Cream Puff Pavilion. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2022 Next, consider an oversized dragonfly that can stretch its wings to an incredible 28 inches across. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 6 July 2022 See different species of colorful beetles, ants and an ant mound, a cicada, butterflies, a firefly, a stink bug, a ladybug, a peacock jumping spider, a dragonfly, a walking stick, a katydid, a caterpillar and a hissing cockroach. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 6 July 2022 The largest giant dragonfly, for instance, had a wingspan of up to 28 inches. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 6 July 2022 When the dog stops like a dragonfly, then runs off sniffing an invisible path, a snowshoe hare has crossed your trail. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2022 Ostrow's fun style was perfect for Emily's bedroom, decorated with a ladybug and dragonfly-pattern and complete with a vibrant green headboard. Antonia Debianchi, PEOPLE.com, 13 May 2022 The sequence was a massive collaboration among the behind-the-scenes artisans and starts with the characters flying an ornithopter, a dragonfly-like helicopter, which was practically built from blueprints by production designer Patrice Vermette. Daron James, Variety, 17 Mar. 2022 One photo, taken by Peter Witt, shows the young falcon perched on a branch with a large dragonfly clamped in its beak. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dragonfly

1626, in the meaning defined above

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“Dragonfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragonfly. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for dragonfly


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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