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Banded demoiselle (damselfly of the family Calopterygidae), Calopteryx splendens

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French demoiselle. The bird is so called on account of the grace and symmetry of its form and movements.

NounEdit

demoiselle (plural demoiselles)

  1. A damselfly of the family Calopterygidae.
  2. A young lady; a damsel; a lady's maid.
  3. The Numidian crane (Grus virgo).

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French damoisele, from Vulgar Latin *domnicella, diminutive of Latin domina. Compare Spanish doncella and damisela, Italian donzella and damigella.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /də.mwa.zɛl/
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NounEdit

demoiselle f (plural demoiselles)

  1. damsel, maiden
  2. miss
  3. damselfly

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