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 for Devil''s darning-needle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Darn \Darn\ (d[aum]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Darned
     (d[aum]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Darning.] [OE. derne, prob. of
     Celtic origin; cf. W. darnio to piece, break in pieces, W. &
     Arm. to E. tear. Cf. Tear, v. t.]
     To mend as a rent or hole, with interlacing stitches of yarn
     or thread by means of a needle; to sew together with yarn or
     thread.
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           He spent every day ten hours in his closet, in darning
           his stockings.                           --Swift.
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     Darning last. See under Last.
  
     Darning needle.
     (a) A long, strong needle for mending holes or rents,
         especially in stockings.
     (b) (Zool.) Any species of dragon fly, having a long,
         cylindrical body, resembling a needle. These flies are
         harmless and without stings.
  
     Note: [In this sense, usually written with a hyphen.] Called
           also devil's darning-needle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Devil's darning-needle \Dev"il's darn"ing-nee`dle\ (Zool.)
     A dragon fly. See Darning needle, under Darn, v. t.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Devil \Dev"il\, n. [AS. de['o]fol, de['o]ful; akin to G. ?eufel,
     Goth. diaba['u]lus; all fr. L. diabolus the devil, Gr. ? the
     devil, the slanderer, fr. ? to slander, calumniate, orig., to
     throw across; ? across + ? to throw, let fall, fall; cf. Skr.
     gal to fall. Cf. Diabolic.]
     1. The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and
        spiritual of mankind.
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              [Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil.
                                                    --Luke iv. 2.
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              That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which
              deceiveth the whole world.            --Rev. xii. 9.
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     2. An evil spirit; a demon.
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              A dumb man possessed with a devil.    --Matt. ix.
                                                    32.
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     3. A very wicked person; hence, any great evil. "That devil
        Glendower." "The devil drunkenness." --Shak.
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              Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a
              devil?                                --John vi. 70.
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     4. An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or,
        ironically, of negation. [Low]
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              The devil a puritan that he is, . . . but a
              timepleaser.                          --Shak.
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              The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
              But wonder how the devil they got there. --Pope.
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     5. (Cookery) A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and
        excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper.
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              Men and women busy in baking, broiling, roasting
              oysters, and preparing devils on the gridiron. --Sir
                                                    W. Scott.
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     6. (Manuf.) A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton,
        etc.
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     Blue devils. See under Blue.
  
     Cartesian devil. See under Cartesian.
  
     Devil bird (Zool.), one of two or more South African drongo
        shrikes ({Edolius retifer, and Edolius remifer),
        believed by the natives to be connected with sorcery.
  
     Devil may care, reckless, defiant of authority; -- used
        adjectively. --Longfellow.
  
     Devil's apron (Bot.), the large kelp ({Laminaria
        saccharina, and Laminaria longicruris) of the Atlantic
        ocean, having a blackish, leathery expansion, shaped
        somewhat like an apron.
  
     Devil's coachhorse. (Zool.)
        (a) The black rove beetle ({Ocypus olens). [Eng.]
        (b) A large, predacious, hemipterous insect ({Prionotus
            cristatus); the wheel bug. [U.S.]
  
     Devil's darning-needle. (Zool.) See under Darn, v. t.
  
     Devil's fingers, Devil's hand (Zool.), the common British
        starfish ({Asterias rubens); -- also applied to a sponge
        with stout branches. [Prov. Eng., Irish & Scot.]
  
     Devil's riding-horse (Zool.), the American mantis ({Mantis
        Carolina).
  
     The Devil's tattoo, a drumming with the fingers or feet.
        "Jack played the Devil's tattoo on the door with his boot
        heels." --F. Hardman (Blackw. Mag.).
  
     Devil worship, worship of the power of evil; -- still
        practiced by barbarians who believe that the good and evil
        forces of nature are of equal power.
  
     Printer's devil, the youngest apprentice in a printing
        office, who runs on errands, does dirty work (as washing
        the ink rollers and sweeping), etc. "Without fearing the
        printer's devil or the sheriff's officer." --Macaulay.
  
     Tasmanian devil (Zool.), a very savage carnivorous
        marsupial of Tasmania ({Dasyurus ursinus syn. Diabolus
        ursinus).
  
     To play devil with, to molest extremely; to ruin. [Low]
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