damselfly definition

  • noun:
    • some of numerous often vibrant colored, predatory insects having a long thin body and elongated wings that fold collectively as soon as the insect is at rest. Also called demoiselle, devil's darning needle.
    • Any of different pests for the suborder Zygoptera that have long thin figures, and generally are just like dragonflies but having wings folded when at rest.
    • a slender nonstinging pest like but smaller compared to the dragonfly but having wings folded whenever at rest.
    • A dragon-fly or devil's darning-needle: so named after the French title among these insects, demoiselle.
    • slender non-stinging insect like but smaller than the dragonfly but having wings folded when at peace

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