libellula

noun li·bel·lu·la \līˈbelyələ, lə̇ˈ-\

Definition of libellula

  1. 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. 2 plural -s :  any dragonfly of the genus Libellula :  skimmer

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Origin and Etymology of libellula

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


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