Definition of odonate in English:



  • A predatory insect of the order Odonata; a dragonfly or damselfly.

    • ‘My quick survey of the antennal structure of extant odonates and mayflies indicates that the flagellum is structurally different.’
    • ‘They are encountered infrequently even in the heart of their range, and are among the most poorly known odonates in North America.’
    • ‘The odonates were removed and preserved in 70% ethanol for later identification and counting.’
    • ‘According to most studies, the main diet of adult odonates consists of small insects, especially Diptera (flies).’
    • ‘Three main Types of odonate life cycle are encountered in temperate latitudes.’


  • Relating to or denoting odonates.

    • ‘A number of odonate species are currently endangered.’
    • ‘Distance moved was not analyzed because it is well correlated with number of moves (position changes) in odonate larvae.’
    • ‘Despite its relatively small size, Massachusetts hosts one of the most diverse odonate faunas known from any state, with at least 164 species recorded to date.’
    • ‘This area is where odonate larvae exist, and is also where cattle grazing has the largest impact.’
    • ‘It is possible that odonate predation is not an important factor in the dynamics of this Ophiogomphus assemblage.’