damselfly
damselfly damselfly n. a slender nonstinging insect similar to but smaller than the dragonfly but having wings folded when at rest. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • damselfly — ► NOUN ▪ a slender insect related to the dragonflies …   English terms dictionary

  • damselfly — [dam′zəlflī΄] n. pl. damselflies any of a suborder (Zygoptera) of slow flying, usually brightly colored dragonflies with long wings held vertically when at rest …   English World dictionary

  • damselfly — /dam zeuhl fluy /, n., pl. damselflies. any of numerous slender, nonstinging insects of the order Odonata (suborder Zygoptera), distinguished from the dragonflies by having the wings folded back in line with the body when at rest. [1805 15;… …   Universalium

  • Damselfly — Damselflies Female common bluetail damselfly (Ischnura heterosticta) Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • damselfly — noun Date: 1815 any of numerous odonate insects (suborder Zygoptera) distinguished from dragonflies by laterally projecting eyes and usually stalked wings folded above the body when at rest …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • damselfly — noun Any of various insects of the suborder Zygoptera that have long slender bodies, and are similar to dragonflies but having wings folded when at rest. Syn: darning needle, devil’s darning needle …   Wiktionary

  • damselfly — n. species of flying insect which resembles a dragonfly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • damselfly — noun (plural damselflies) a slender insect related to the dragonflies, typically resting with the wings folded back along the body. [Suborder Zygoptera: many species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • damselfly — dam•sel•fly [[t]ˈdæm zəlˌflaɪ[/t]] n. pl. flies ent any of numerous slender, nonstinging insects of the order Odonata (suborder Zygoptera), distinguished from the dragonflies by having the wings folded back in line with the body when at rest •… …   From formal English to slang

  • damselfly — n. (pl. flies) any of various insects of the order Odonata, like a dragonfly but with its wings folded over the body when resting …   Useful english dictionary

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