odonate

odonate

[ohd-n-eyt, oh-don-eyt]
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the order Odonata, comprising the damselflies and dragonflies.
noun
2.
any of numerous large predatory aquatic insects of the order Odonata, occurring worldwide and characterized by two pairs of membranous wings.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin Odonata (1792), irregular < Greek odṓn tooth + Neo-Latin -ata -ata1

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odonate

insect order comprising the dragonflies (suborder Anisoptera) and the damselflies (suborder Zygoptera). The adults are easily recognized by their two pairs of narrow, transparent wings, sloping thorax, and long, usually slender body; the abdomen is almost always longer than any of the wings. Large, active by day, and often strikingly coloured, they are usually seen flying near water. Adult odonates are voracious predators, as are the aquatic larvae.

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