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odonate

[ohd-n-eyt, oh-don-eyt]
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adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the order Odonata, comprising the damselflies and dragonflies.
noun
  1. any of numerous large predatory aquatic insects of the order Odonata, occurring worldwide and characterized by two pairs of membranous wings.

Origin of odonate

< New Latin Odonata (1792), irregular < Greek odṓn tooth + New Latin -ata -ata1
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  • Odonate: bearing toothed mouth parts, like those of dragon flies.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith