devil's darning needle
noun Date: 1809 1. dragonfly 2. damselfly

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  • Devil's darning-needle — Devil Dev il, n. [AS. de[ o]fol, de[ o]ful; akin to G. ?eufel, Goth. diaba[ u]lus; all fr. L. diabolus the devil, Gr. ? the devil, the slanderer, fr. ? to slander, calumniate, orig., to throw across; ? across + ? to throw, let fall, fall; cf. Skr …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Devil's darning-needle — Dev il s darn ing nee dle (Zo[ o]l.) A dragon fly. See {Darning needle}, under {Darn}, v. t. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devil's darning-needle — noun (informal) A dragonfly or damselfly • • • Main Entry: ↑devil …   Useful english dictionary

  • devil's-darning-needle — [dev΄əlz därn′iŋ nēd΄ l] n. DRAGONFLY * * * …   Universalium

  • Devil's darning needle — may refer to: Clematis virginiana, a vine native to the United States. Dragonfly, an insect belonging to the order Odonata. Refers to a flying insect which looks like a bigger mosquito. Is the correct name for the lessen known and wrongly applied …   Wikipedia

  • devil's-darning-needle — [dev΄əlz därn′iŋ nēd΄ l] n. DRAGONFLY …   English World dictionary

  • devil's darning-needle — Darn Darn (d[aum]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Darned} (d[aum]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Darning}.] [OE. derne, prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. darnio to piece, break in pieces, W. & Arm. to E. tear. Cf. {Tear}, v. t.] To mend as a rent or hole, with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devil's darning needle — noun 1. common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy white flowers • Syn: ↑virgin s bower, ↑old man s beard, ↑Clematis virginiana • Hypernyms: ↑clematis 2. slender bodied non… …   Useful english dictionary

  • devil's darning needle. — Chiefly Northern and Western U.S. a dragonfly. [1800 10] Regional Variation. See dragonfly. * * * …   Universalium

  • devil's darning needle. — Chiefly Northern and Western U.S. a dragonfly. [1800 10] Regional Variation. See dragonfly …   Useful english dictionary

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