Definition of damselfly in English:

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damselfly

Pronunciation: /ˈdamzəlˌflī/

noun (plural damselflies)

A slender insect related to the dragonflies, having weak flight and typically resting with the wings folded back along the body.
  • Suborder Zygoptera, order Odonata: several families.
Example sentences
  • The reserve is already home to several species of dragonfly, damselflies and is used by wading birds, all of which are expected to benefit from the new pond.
  • The two other lestinoid damselflies are recent ‘derived’ Lestidae.
  • A blue damselfly lurked, wings swept back, then flashed out to hawk the beck.

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Syllabification: dam·sel·fly

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