drake

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English drake (male duck, drake), from Old English *draca, abbreviated form for Old English *andraca (male duck, drake, literally duck-king), from Proto-Germanic *anudrekô (duck leader), from Proto-Germanic *anudz ("duck, ennet"; see ennet) + Proto-Germanic *rekô (ruler, king), from Proto-Indo-European *reǵ- (chief, king). Cognate with Middle Dutch andrake (drake), Middle Low German āntreke, āntdrāke, ("male duck, drake"; > Low German drake (drake)), Old High German anutrehho, antrache ("male duck, drake"; > German Enterich (drake)), Swabian Antrech (drake), German dialectal Drache (drake). More at ennet.

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drake (plural drakes)

  1. A male duck.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English drake (dragon; Satan), Old English draca (dragon, sea monster, huge serpent), from Proto-Germanic *drakô (dragon), from Latin dracō (dragon), from Ancient Greek δράκων (drákōn, serpent, giant seafish), from δρακεῖν (drakeîn), aorist active infinitive of δέρκομαι (dérkomai, I see clearly), from Proto-Indo-European *derk-. Compare Middle Dutch drake and German Drache.

Noun[edit]

drake (plural drakes)

  1. A mayfly used as fishing bait.
  2. A dragon.
    • J. A. Harrison
      Beowulf resolves to kill the drake.
  3. (historical) A small piece of artillery.
    • Clarendon
      Two or three shots, made at them by a couple of drakes, made them stagger.
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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse dreki.

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drake m

  1. dragon
  2. kite

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  • “drake” in The Bokmål Dictionary / The Nynorsk Dictionary.

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drake c

  1. dragon
  2. kite
  3. a male duck, drake
  4. a belligerent (older) woman; battle-ax

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