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devil's darning needle

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noun Chiefly Northern and Western U.S.
  1. a dragonfly.
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Origin of devil's darning needle

First recorded in 1800–10

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British Dictionary definitions for devil's darning needle

devil's darning needle

noun
  1. a popular name for a dragonfly
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