demoiselle

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

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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.

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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).
    Synonym: demoiselle crane

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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  • IPA(key): /də.mwa.zɛl/
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demoiselle f (plural demoiselles)

  1. damsel, maiden
  2. miss
  3. damselfly

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