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darning needle

noun
  1. a long needle with a long eye used in darning.
  2. Chiefly Northern and Western U.S. a dragonfly.
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Origin of darning needle

First recorded in 1755–65

Regional variation note

2. See dragonfly.
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Examples from the Web for darning needle

Historical Examples

  • Darning-needle, dragon-fly (Libellulidæ), 156;his dainty morsel, 160.

    My Studio Neighbors

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • And she laughed to herself; you can never see when a Darning-needle is laughing.

    The Yellow Fairy Book

    Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang

  • The four outside curves are perforated with a darning-needle.

  • You have come four miles through the woods to borrow a darning-needle?

  • Her day's work ended when she could no longer see her darning-needle.


British Dictionary definitions for darning needle

darning needle

noun
  1. a long needle with a large eye used for darning
  2. US and Canadian a dialect name for a dragonfly
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