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Brilliant Emerald Somatochlora metallica
2013-07-30 14:54:37

The brilliant emerald (Somatochlora metallica) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in northern areas of Eurasia. Its range includes Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, among many other areas. This species prefers to reside near still and slow-moving water sources like rivers, canals, ponds, and moorland lakes. It is common...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'