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Definition of "odonate" [odonate]

  • Any of the large predacious winged insects of the order Odonata, which includes the dragonflies and damselflies, characterized by long brightly colored bodies, two pairs of membranous wings, and large compound eyes. (noun)
  • Of or belonging to the order Odonata. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "odonate" in a sentence
  • "He is particularly fascinated by butterfly ecology, bird evolution and diversity, odonate habitat choice and breeding, and adaptation to the sea shore by a wide variety of animals, as well as being a keen plantsman (species only, though!)."