Definition of dragonfly in English:

dragonfly

noun

  • A fast-flying long-bodied predatory insect with two pairs of large transparent wings which are spread out sideways at rest. The voracious aquatic larvae take up to five years to reach adulthood.

    Suborder Anisoptera, order Odonata: several families

    Compare with damselfly
    • ‘To get the details, a field team has been fitting green darner dragonflies with radio transmitters.’
    • ‘The Odonata, the order to which damselflies and dragonflies belong, play a very important ecological and economic role for human beings.’
    • ‘A woodchat's prey is mainly insects, beetles, damsel flies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, wasps and bees.’
    • ‘For example he informs us that the Blue-cheeked bee-eater actually eats more dragonflies and damselflies than anything else.’
    • ‘Hunts birds and large insects, especially dragonflies (eats insects on the wing).’
    • ‘In addition, the park is buzzing with insect life and is regionally important for the high numbers of dragonflies and damselflies.’
    • ‘Watch a kite sweep the skies for large insects such as grasshoppers, cicadas and dragonflies.’
    • ‘Thrushes, ladybirds, dragonflies, spiders and hoverfly larvae will snack on aphids, snails and other pests, saving you time, work and money.’
    • ‘I remember the dragonflies, damselflies and other insects, their colours iridescent in the bright sun.’
    • ‘How can some dragonflies and caddis flies live in salt lakes but not in the sea?’
    • ‘Apart from their intrinsic and aesthetic value, dragonflies and damselflies are now recognised as indicators of riverine integrity.’
    • ‘A pond is a little world in itself, he says, home to a dizzying array of creatures from frogs and newts to water boatmen, diving beetles, dragonflies and damselflies.’
    • ‘Then, the dragonflies and damselflies will move in.’
    • ‘While both dragonflies and damselflies belong to the Odonata and share many common features, then are a number of noticeable differences as well.’
    • ‘If George Barris, king of custom hot rods, designed insects, he would've come up with dragonflies and damselflies.’
    • ‘Learn about dragonflies and damselflies as part of Bromley's Wetland Campaign.’
    • ‘The wings were held horizontally, as in dragonflies (Odonata, Anisoptera).’
    • ‘However, for this little creature there are so many things to be learnt: is it a dragonfly or a damselfly?’
    • ‘Encourage natural predators such as dragonflies or praying mantises.’
    • ‘Female species of dragonflies and damselflies will allow males to mate with them only when they see that he has a suitable egg-laying territory.’

Pronunciation

dragonfly

/ˈdraɡ(ə)nflʌɪ/