li·​bel·​lu·​la | \ līˈbelyələ, lə̇ˈ- \

Definition of libellula

1 capitalized : a genus of large often brightly colored dragonflies usually with dark blotches on the wings that is the type of the family Libellulidae and in older classifications includes all the dragonflies
2 plural -s : any dragonfly of the genus Libellula : skimmer

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History and Etymology for libellula

New Latin, diminutive of libella dragonfly, from Latin, level (instrument); from the horizontal position of the wings

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“Libellula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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