demoiselle

demoiselle

[dem-wuh-zel, dem-uh-; French duh-mwa-zel]
noun, plural demoiselles [dem-wuh-zelz; French duh-mwa-zel] .
1.
an unmarried girl or young woman.
3.
a damselfly, especially of the genus Agrion.
5.
Furniture. a lady's wig stand of the 18th century, in the form of a pedestal table.

Origin:
1760–70; < French; see damsel

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demoiselle (dəmwɑːˈzɛl)
 
n
1.  demoiselle crane, Also called: Numidian crane a small crane, Anthropoides virgo, of central Asia, N Africa, and SE Europe, having grey plumage with long black breast feathers and white ear tufts
2.  a less common name for a damselfly
3.  another name for damselfish
4.  a literary word for damsel
 
[C16: from French: young woman; see damsel]

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demoiselle

any of about 250 species of small, primarily tropical marine fishes of the family Pomacentridae (order Perciformes) found in the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific oceans. Damselfishes are deep-bodied and usually have forked tails. They resemble the related cichlids, and, like them, have a single nostril on each side of the head. Many species are brilliantly coloured, often in shades of red, orange, yellow, or blue; most do not exceed a length of about 15 cm (6 inches)

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