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
plural -s : any dragonfly of the genus Libellula : skimmer

Word History


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 21 Apr. 2024.

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