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When a dragonfly flutters by, you may not realize, but it's the greatest flier in nature. It can hover, fly backwards, even upside down.
Louie Schwartzberg

Meaning of "dragonfly" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF DRAGONFLY

dragonfly  [ˈdræɡənˌflaɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DRAGONFLY

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Dragonfly is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES DRAGONFLY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

dragonfly

Dragonfly

A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies can sometimes be mistaken for damselflies, which are morphologically similar; however, adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Dragonflies possess six legs, but most of them cannot walk well. Dragonflies are among the fastest flying insects in the world. Dragonflies are important predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, wasps, and very rarely butterflies. They are usually found around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic. About 5,900 different species of dragonflies are known in the world today of which about 3000 belong to the Anisoptera. Though dragonflies are predators, they themselves are subject to predation by birds, lizards, frogs, spiders, fish, water bugs, and even other large dragonflies.

Definition of dragonfly in the English dictionary

The definition of dragonfly in the dictionary is any other insect of the order Odonata.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DRAGONFLY


blackfly
ˈblækˌflaɪ
blowfly
ˈbləʊˌflaɪ
butterfly
ˈbʌtəˌflaɪ
catchfly
ˈkætʃˌflaɪ
cornfly
ˈkɔːnˌflaɪ
damselfly
ˈdæmzəlˌflaɪ
dayfly
ˈdeɪˌflaɪ
dobsonfly
ˈdɒbsənˌflaɪ
firefly
ˈfaɪəˌflaɪ
gadfly
ˈɡædˌflaɪ
glowfly
ˈɡləʊˌflaɪ
greenfly
ˈɡriːnˌflaɪ
horsefly
ˈhɔːsˌflaɪ
housefly
ˈhaʊsˌflaɪ
mayfly
ˈmeɪˌflaɪ
sandfly
ˈsændˌflaɪ
sawfly
ˈsɔːˌflaɪ
stonefly
ˈstəʊnˌflaɪ
test-fly
ˈtɛstˌflaɪ
whitefly
ˈwaɪtˌflaɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DRAGONFLY

dragon
dragon fruit
dragon light
dragon market
dragon tree
dragon´s blood
dragon´s teeth
dragon´s-head
dragoness
dragonet
dragonflies
dragonhead
dragonish
dragonism
dragonize
dragonlike
dragonnade
dragonroot
dragoon
dragoonage

WORDS THAT END LIKE DRAGONFLY

barfly
black fly
briefly
caddis fly
chiefly
crane fly
dry fly
fly
fruit fly
gruffly
let fly
Mediterranean fruit fly
on the fly
overfly
peacock butterfly
refly
ruffly
Spanish fly
stiffly
tsetse fly

Synonyms and antonyms of dragonfly in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «dragonfly» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DRAGONFLY

Find out the translation of dragonfly to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of dragonfly from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «dragonfly» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

蜻蜓
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

libélula
570 millions of speakers

English

dragonfly
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

Dragonfly
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَعْسُوب
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

стрекоза
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

libélula
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

গয়াল-পোকা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

libellule
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Capung
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Libelle
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

トンボ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

잠자리
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Dragonfly
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

con chuồn chuồn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கொசுவை உண்டு வாழும் தும்பி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ड्रॅगनफ्लाय
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yusufçuk
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

libellula
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ważka
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

бабка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

libelulă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

λιβελούλα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

juffertje
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

trollslända
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

øyenstikker
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of dragonfly

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DRAGONFLY»

The term «dragonfly» is very widely used and occupies the 16.330 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DRAGONFLY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about dragonfly

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QUOTES WITH «DRAGONFLY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word dragonfly.
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Louie Schwartzberg
When a dragonfly flutters by, you may not realize, but it's the greatest flier in nature. It can hover, fly backwards, even upside down.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DRAGONFLY»

Discover the use of dragonfly in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to dragonfly and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Dragonfly
When Tashi, the rigidly formal 16-year-old Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Crescent Islands, reluctantly weds roguish 18-year-old Prince Ramil of Gerfal, their religious, cultural and personal differences threaten to end their political ...
Julia Golding, 2008
2
Dragonfly in Amber
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Diana Gabaldon, 2010
3
Dragonfly
Introduces readers to the characteristics, diet, life cycle, predators, habitat, and lifespan of dragonflies.
Stephanie St. Pierre, 2008
4
Dragonfly
Introduces dragonflies, including facts on what they look like, their life cycle, where they live, and what they eat.
John Woodward, 2010
5
Dragonfly
On the eve of Hallowe'en, strange noises begin coming from the basement of Bridget Anne's uncle's funeral parlor, forcing Uncle Henry to call in his mysterious friend Mothkin to investigate, and when young "Dragonfly" follows him, she ...
Frederic S. Durbin, 2005
6
The Dragonfly Pool
A beloved New York Times bestselling author returns to paper!
Eva Ibbotson, 2009
7
Grandfather Tang's Story
Grandfather tells a story about shape-changing fox fairies who try to best each other until a hunter brings danger to both of them.
Ann Tompert, 1990
8
The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To ...
Named for the only insect that is able to move in any direction when its four wings are working in concert, this book Reveals the four "wings" of the Dragonfly Effect-and how they work together to produce colossal results Features original ...
Jennifer Aaker, Andy Smith, 2010
9
Dragonfly: An Epic Adventure of Survival in Outer Space
Presents a behind-the-scenes account of NASA's ambitious and sometimes tumultuous involvement with Russia's problem-plagued Mir space station over three years.
Bryan Burrough, 2000
10
Don't Die, Dragonfly
Sabine tries to ignore the psychic abilities that she shares with her grandmother, but when she discovers that a classmate is in real danger she is compelled to follow her spirit guide.
Linda Joy Singleton, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DRAGONFLY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term dragonfly is used in the context of the following news items.
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Great Caesar's Ghost: Dragonfly
Dragonfly, a collection of well-known covers and two original cuts, marks Great Caesar's Ghost's return to the studio after losing founding ... «Relix, Jul 15»
2
Dragonfly Anniversary
Dragonfly Yoga + Wellness will hold an open house on Sunday, July 12 from 9-11 AM to celebrate its second anniversary. This free community ... «The Independent, Jul 15»
3
Citizen Scientists Can Help Unravel The Mysteries Of Dragonfly
In August, 2010, my family and I watched from our backyard an unbelievable phenomenon: a single species of dragonfly, individually ... «MTPR, Jul 15»
4
Operation Dragonfly: St Leonards driver too drunk to get out of car
A total of 29 people have so far been convicted of offences as part of Sussex Police's campaign, called Operation Dragonfly, to clamp down on ... «Hastings and St. Leonards Observer, Jul 15»
5
Dragonfly Lego Party @ RiverBender.com Community Center
“Legos are the 'THE' thing right now, so the Dragonfly wants to plan activities for them, by them.” Lara's son and daughter both helped plan this ... «RiverBender.com, Jul 15»
6
Dragonfly history uncovered at Yougnstown
The artwork was uncovered while workers pressure-washed the building May, 2015. The 910th Tactical Fighter Group flew the A-37 Dragonfly. «Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Jul 15»
7
Dragonfly workshop, photo ops among Ridges events
The popular dragonfly workshop with naturalist Paul Burton returns at 9 a.m. July 17. Participants will meet at the Cook-Fuller Center and spend ... «Green Bay Press Gazette, Jul 15»
8
County library hosts dragonfly program
Participants will also learn how to attract the ferocious mosquito predators by creating a dragonfly pond in their own yard. Sutton has studied ... «Shore News Today, Jul 15»
9
Dragonfly drying up Lockport's future water needs
The Hine's emerald dragonfly was thought to be extinct by the mid-1900's, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website, but was ... «Chicago Tribune, Jul 15»
10
Operation Dragonfly: Drink driver caught on his way to the shops for …
A 47-year-old man got a two year driving ban after drinking a bottle of vodka and then driving to the shops to get more, police say. Boguslaw ... «Crawley Observer, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Dragonfly [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/dragonfly>. Apr 2020 ».
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