dragoon

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Borrowing from French dragon.

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dragoon ‎(plural dragoons)

  1. (military) A horse soldier; a cavalryman, who uses a horse for mobility, but fights dismounted.
    • 1881, W. S. Gilbert, Patience
      If you want a receipt for that popular mystery,
      Known to the world as a Heavy Dragoon -
      Take all the remarkable people in history,
      Rattle them off to a popular tune!
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter II”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill; [].
  2. A carrier of a dragon musket.
  3. A variety of pigeon.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Clarke to this entry?)

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dragoon ‎(third-person singular simple present dragoons, present participle dragooning, simple past and past participle dragooned)

  1. To force someone into doing something; to coerce.

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