Today, we will discover yet another entomandarin word:
This is qīngtíng, the word for dragonfly. As with several other insects, most notably 蚂蚁 (ant), the radical chóng (虫), denoting insect, appears twice. The radical qīng (青) denotes color, particularly qīngsè (青色), the word for “blue”, and the radical tíng (廷) carries the meaning of “palace courtyard”. Perhaps dragonflies are named qīngtíng because they were colorful insects flying around the courtyard?
Below is a dragonfly from Kanopolis State Park in Kansas. Incidentally, it is rather lacking in color and not in a palace courtyard, but it is interesting nonetheless: