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Dracula

[drak-yuh-luh] /ˈdræk yə lə/
noun
1.
(italics) a novel (1897) by Bram Stoker.
2.
Count, the central character in this novel: the archetype of a vampire.
Origin
Low German Dracol, Dracole, Dracle a by-name of the Wallachian prince Vlad II, “the Impaler” (1431-76); orig. of the name is disputed, but it has long been popularly associated with Romanian dracul the devil (drac devil (< Latin dracō dragon) + -ul definite article)
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Dracula
"king of the vampires" in Bram Stoker's novel (1897). It was a nickname of Prince Vlad of Walachia (d.1476).
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