dragon

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Borrowing from Old French dragon, from Latin dracō, from Ancient Greek δράκων (drákōn, a serpent of huge size, a python, a dragon), probably from δρακεῖν (drakeîn), aorist active infinitive of δέρκομαι (dérkomai, I see clearly).

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dragon (plural dragons)

  1. A legendary serpentine or reptilian creature.
    1. In Western mythology, a gigantic beast, typically reptilian with leathery bat-like wings, lion-like claws, scaly skin and a serpent-like body, often a monster with fiery breath.
      • c. 1900, Edith 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.
    2. In Eastern mythology, a large, snake-like monster with the eyes of a hare, the horns of a stag and the claws of a tiger, usually beneficent.
      • 1913, Sax Rohmer, The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, chapter 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.
  2. An animal of various species that resemble a dragon in appearance:
    1. (obsolete) A very large snake; a python.
    2. Any of various agamid lizards of the genera Draco, Physignathus or Pogona.
    3. A Komodo dragon.
  3. (astronomy, with definite article, often capitalized) The constellation Draco.
    • 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act I, Scene 2:
      My father compounded with my mother vnder the Dragons taile, and my nativity was vnder Vrsa Maior.
  4. (pejorative) An unpleasant woman; a harridan.
    She’s a bit of a dragon.
  5. (with definite article, often capitalized) The (historical) Chinese empire or the People's Republic of China.
    Napoleon already warned of the awakening of the Dragon.
  6. (figuratively) Something very formidable or dangerous.
  7. A luminous exhalation from marshy ground, seeming to move through the air like a winged serpent.
  8. (military, historical) A short musket hooked to a swivel attached to a soldier's belt; so called from a representation of a dragon's head at the muzzle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fairholt to this entry?)
  9. A variety of carrier pigeon.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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  • Hyphenation: dra‧gon

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From Arabic

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dragon m (uncountable)

  1. The edible Mediterranean herb Artemisia dracunculus, used as a salad spice
  2. The plant Erysimum cheiranthoides
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Borrowing from French (see below).

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dragon m (plural dragons, diminutive dragonnetje n)

  1. A (French) dragoon
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French[edit]

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From Old French dragon, from Latin dracō, from Ancient Greek δράκων (drákōn)

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dragon m (plural dragons, feminine dragonne)

  1. A dragon, creature or person
  2. A dragoon

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French dragon, from Latin dracō, from Ancient Greek δράκων (drákōn).

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dragon m (plural dragons)

  1. (Jersey) dragon
  2. (Jersey, nautical) flying jib

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Borrowing from Old French dragon, from Latin dracō, from Ancient Greek δράκων (drákōn).

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dragon

  1. A dragon.
    • 1382Wyclif's Bible, Daniel 14:26
      Therfor Daniel took pitch, and talow, and heeris, and sethide togidere; and he made gobetis, and yaf in to the mouth of the dragun; and the dragun was al to-brokun.
    • 1380-1399Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, The Parson's Tale
      For God seith thus by Moyses: they shul been wasted with hunger, and the briddes of helle shul devouren hem with bitter deeth, and the galle of the dragon shal been hire drynke, and the venym of the dragon hire morsels.

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From Latin dracō, from Ancient Greek δράκων (drákōn).

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dragon m (oblique plural dragons, nominative singular dragons, nominative plural dragon)

  1. dragon (mythical animal)

Old Spanish[edit]

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From Latin dracōnem, accusative of dracō, from Ancient Greek δράκων (drákōn).

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dragon m (plural dragones)

  1. dragon
    • c. 1250: Alfonso X, Lapidario, f. 103r.
      Et eſto faz deſcédiédo ſobrella la uertud de fiǵa de oḿe cubierto duna ſauana. ¬ cauallero ſobre un dragó ¬ teniédo en ſu mano dieſtra una láça.
      And it does this when over it descends the virtue of the figure of a man covered with a sheet, and a knight riding a dragon with a spear in his right hand.
    • Idem, f. 118v.
      Et es de la manera de las piedras ſeelladas. que los antigos gardauan. / Et presta pora echar los dragones. ¬ las ſirpientes. de los lugares.
      And it is akin to the sealed stones that the ancients kept. And it is good for expeling dragons and snakes from any place.

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dragon m

  1. commander, war leader

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dragon c

  1. a dragoon (soldier of the mounted infantry)
  2. the perennial herb tarragon
  3. leaves of that plant, used as seasoning

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