Both the dragonfly and the damselfly, with their long bodies, bear a slight resemblance to a darning needle. In many European countries, these insects were associated with the devil. One folk belief, which made its way to America, said the devil would instruct one of these insects to sew your eyelids shut, if you were a child who misbehaved or sinned.

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Dev"il's darn"ing-nee`dle. Zool.

A dragon fly. See Darning needle, under Darn, v. t.


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