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odonate

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

< New Latin Odonata (1792), irregular < Greek odṓn tooth + New Latin -ata -ata1
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Historical Examples of odonate

  • Odonate: bearing toothed mouth parts, like those of dragon flies.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith