drake

1 [dreyk]
noun
a male duck. Compare duck1 ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; cognate with Low German drake, dialectal German drache; compare Old High German antrahho, anutrehho male duck

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drake

2 [dreyk]
noun
1.
a small cannon, used especially in the 17th and 18th centuries.
2.
drake fly.
3.
Archaic. a dragon.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English draca < Latin dracō dragon

Drake

[dreyk]
noun
1.
Sir Francis, c1540–96, English admiral and buccaneer: sailed around the world 1577–80.
2.
Joseph Rodman [rod-muhn] , 1795–1820, U.S. poet.
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drake1 (dreɪk)
 
n
the male of any duck
 
[C13: perhaps from Low German; compare Middle Dutch andrake, Old High German antrahho]

drake2 (dreɪk)
 
n
1.  angling an artificial fly resembling a mayfly
2.  history a small cannon
3.  an obsolete word for dragon
 
[Old English draca, ultimately from Latin dracōdragon]

Drake (dreɪk)
 
n
Sir Francis. ?1540--96, English navigator and buccaneer, the first Englishman to sail around the world (1577--80). He commanded a fleet against the Spanish Armada (1588) and contributed greatly to its defeat

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drake
"male duck," c.1300, unrecorded in O.E. but may have existed there, from W.Gmc. *drako.

drake
archaic for "dragon," from O.E. draca, from P.Gmc. *drako (see dragon).
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Example sentences
Drake had broken into their house and was waiting for them to return.
Drake did not see oncoming traffic in the northbound lane when he started his left turn.
It shows a hen and a drake on a hillside with an ocean view.
The drake equation does not have enough variables and needs extra inputs.
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