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Borrowed from French demoiselle. The bird is so called on account of the grace and symmetry of its form and movements. Doublet of damsel, doncella, and donzella.
demoiselle (plural demoiselles)
- A damselfly of the family Calopterygidae.
- A young lady; a damsel; a lady's maid.
- The Numidian crane (Grus virgo).
- Synonym: demoiselle crane
- (damselfly): broad-winged damselfly
Inherited from Old French damoisele, from Vulgar Latin *domnicella, diminutive of Latin domina. Compare Spanish doncella and damisela, Italian donzella and damigella, Portuguese donzela. Doublet of donzelle. See Romanian domnișoară.
demoiselle f (plural demoiselles)
- → English: demoiselle
- “demoiselle”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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