devil's darning needle


noun Chiefly Northern and Western U.S.

a dragonfly.

Nearby words

  1. devil tree,
  2. devil's advocate,
  3. devil's bit,
  4. devil's club,
  5. devil's coach-horse,
  6. devil's dung,
  7. devil's food cake,
  8. devil's grip,
  9. devil's island,
  10. devil's mark

Origin of devil's darning needle

First recorded in 1800–10

Regional variation note


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British Dictionary definitions for devil's darning needle

devil's darning needle

noun

a popular name for a dragonfly
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