Definition of odonate in English:


Syllabification: o·do·nate
Pronunciation: /ˈōdnət, -ˌāt


  • A predatory insect of the order Odonata; a dragonfly or damselfly.
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    • My quick survey of the antennal structure of extant odonates and mayflies indicates that the flagellum is structurally different.
    • According to most studies, the main diet of adult odonates consists of small insects, especially Diptera (flies).
    • They are encountered infrequently even in the heart of their range, and are among the most poorly known odonates in North America.


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  • Relating to or denoting odonates.
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    • 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.
    • A number of odonate species are currently endangered.

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