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English citations of dragon

Noun: "a serpentine legendary creature"[edit]

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  • 1590Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book I, canto 11
    The knight with that old Dragon fights
    two dayes incessantly.
  • 1611King James Version of the Bible, Revelation 12:3
    And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
  • 1616Christopher Marlowe, The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus
    Where, sitting in a chariot burning bright,
    Drawn by the strength of yoked dragons' necks,
    He views the clouds, the planets, and the stars.
  • 1644John Milton, Areopagitica
    I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon's teeth;
  • 1678John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress, Part I, section 2
    Now the monster was hideous to behold: he was clothed with scales like a fish, and they are his pride; he had wings like a dragon, and feet like a bear, and out of his belly came fire and smoke; and his mouth was as the mouth of a lion.
  • 1704Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub
    If I should venture, in a windy day, to affirm to your Highness that there is a large cloud near the horizon in the form of a bear, another in the zenith with the head of an ass, a third to the westward with claws like a dragon;
  • 1831Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher
    But the good champion Ethelred, now entering within the door, was soar enraged and amazed to perceive no signal of the maliceful hermit; but, in the stead thereof, a dragon of a scaly and prodigious demeanor, and of a fiery tongue, which sate in guard before a palace of gold, with a floor of silver;
  • 1842Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain, Book 7 (translated by Aaron Thompson & J. A. Giles).
    As Vortigern, king of the Britons, was sitting upon the bank of the drained pond, the two dragons, one of which was white, the other red, came forth, and, approaching one another, began a terrible fight, and cast forth fire with their breath.
  • 1851Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, ch 82
    Akin to the adventure of Perseus and Andromeda—indeed, by some supposed to be indirectly derived from it—is that famous story of St. George and the Dragon; which dragon I maintain to have been a whale; for in many old chronicles whales and dragons are strangely jumbled together, and often stand for each other.
  • 1860George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Book I, ch 11
    ...the suspicion crossed her that the fierce-eyed old man was in fact the Devil, who might drop that transparent disguise at any moment, and turn either into the grinning blacksmith, or else a fiery-eyed monster with dragon's wings.
  • 1890Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of the Four, ch 9
    "It is a romance!" cried Mrs. Forrester. "An injured lady, half a million in treasure, a black cannibal, and a wooden-legged ruffian. They take the place of the conventional dragon or wicked earl."
  • 1913Sax Rohmer, The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, ch XIII
    These tapestries were magnificently figured with golden dragons; and as the serpentine bodies gleamed and shimmered in the increasing radiance, each dragon, I thought, intertwined its glittering coils more closely with those of another.
  • 1925Edith Nesbit, The Last of the Dragons
    But as every well-brought-up prince was expected to kill a dragon, and rescue a princess, the dragons grew fewer and fewer till it was often quite hard for a princess to find a dragon to be rescued from.
  • 1937J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, ch 1
    Dragons steal gold and jewels, you know, from men and elves and dwarves, wherever they can find them; and they guard their plunder as long as they live (which is practically for ever, unless they are killed), and never enjoy a brass ring of it.
  • 1968Anne McCaffrey, Dragonflight, part I, section 3
    Dragonriders were forever men apart once First Impression had been made. And to ride a fighting dragon, blue, green, brown, or bronze, was worth the risks, the unending alertness, the isolation from the rest of mankind.
  • 1985Patricia C. Wrede, Talking to Dragons, ch 8
    It was about twelve feet tall, which is not very large, as dragons go.
  • 1989Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!, p 135
    Then, when all that was left was a spreading puddle of melted rock with interesting streaks and bubbles in it, the dragon raised itself with a contemptuous flick of its wings and soared away and upward, over the city.
  • 2002Christopher Paolini, Eragon, ch 3
    Driven by this thought, he began the arduous journey, on foot, back through the Spine. Territory he had soared over effortlessly on a dragon's back now took him months to traverse.

Noun: "the constellation Draco"[edit]

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  • 1605William Shakespeare, King Lear, i 2
    My father compounded with my mother vnder the Dragons taile, and my nativity was vnder Vrsa Maior.