: any of an order (Odonata) of predaceous insects comprising the dragonflies and damselflies
odonate adjective

Word History


irregular from Greek odous, odōn tooth

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of odonate was in 1890

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“Odonate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odonate. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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