- any of numerous stout-bodied, nonstinging insects of the order Odonata (suborder Anisoptera), the species of which prey on mosquitoes and other insects and are distinguished from the damselflies by having the wings outstretched rather than folded when at rest.
- (initial capital letter) Military. a two-seat, twin-turbojet U.S. attack aircraft in service since 1967, armed with a Minigun and capable of carrying nearly 5700 pounds (2585 kg) of ordnance.
Origin of dragonfly
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Historical Examples of dragonfly
I saw my first dragonfly that day, and tried to catch him in my cap, but he evaded me.Recollections
David Christie Murray
Dragonfly was on the ground in front of me and he yelled up and said "What's the matter?"
This is what we all said though: Dragonfly said, "Good morning, Mr. Black!"
Before we could get there, Dragonfly said excitedly, "It's Mr. Black's diary!"
I expect he may turn into a dragonfly, or maybe some kind of beetle or other.Jack in the Rockies
George Bird Grinnell
- any predatory insect of the suborder Anisoptera, having a large head and eyes, a long slender body, two pairs of iridescent wings that are outspread at rest, and aquatic larvae: order OdonataSee also damselfly
- any other insect of the order Odonata