La libélula (dragonfly) is my Spanish word of the day. It is a new word for me, which I came across while reading an article at Buzz Feed España. It consists of a list of 16 Spanish words that delight non-Spanish speakers. I certainly find la libélula a delightful word, I just love the sound of it.
Here are some example sentences:
- Había muchas libélulas volando alrededor del estanque. (There were a lot of dragonflies flying around the pond.)
- Las libélulas viven cerca de los ríos y estanques. (Dragonflies live near rivers and ponds.)
- Las libélulas se alimenten de mosquitos. (Dragonflies eat mosquitos.)
I don’t know much about dragonflies, but as I was perusing the web on this subject today, I found that dragonflies have a several symbolic meanings. Libélulapedia lists the following:
- madurez y profundidad del carácter (maturity and depth of character)
- poder y equilibrio (power and balance)
- derrota de las falsas ilusiones (clarity)
- centrase en vivir el momento (focus on living in the present moment)
- la capacidad de ver más alla de las limitaciones (the ability to see beyond limitations)
After reading this article, I find that I am just as enchanted by the symbolism of dragonflies as I am about the sound of the beautiful Spanish word. La libélula!
If you would like to read more about the symbolism of dragonflies in Spanish, go to Libélulapedia. The article is called, Significado de la libélula: ¿Qué simobliza esta creatura?. If you would like to read about the 16 words that delight non-Spanish speakers, go to Buzz Feed España and read 16 palabras preciosas en castellano que le encantan a la gente que no lo habla.