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dragon

[drag-uh n] /ˈdræg ən/
noun
1.
a mythical monster generally represented as a huge, winged reptile with crested head and enormous claws and teeth, and often spouting fire.
2.
Archaic. a huge serpent or snake.
3.
Bible. a large animal, possibly a large snake or crocodile.
4.
the dragon, Satan.
5.
a fierce, violent person.
6.
a very watchful and strict woman.
8.
Botany. any of several araceous plants, as Arisaema dracontium (green dragon or dragonroot) the flowers of which have a long, slender spadix and a green, shorter spathe.
9.
a short musket carried by a mounted infantryman in the 16th and 17th centuries.
10.
a soldier armed with such a musket.
11.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Draco.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin dracōn- (stem of dracō) < Greek drákōn kind of serpent, probably orig. epithet, the (sharp-)sighted one, akin to dérkesthai to look
Related forms
dragonish, adjective
dragonlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dragons

dragon

/ˈdræɡən/
noun
1.
a mythical monster usually represented as breathing fire and having a scaly reptilian body, wings, claws, and a long tail
2.
(informal) a fierce or intractable person, esp a woman
3.
any of various very large lizards, esp the Komodo dragon
4.
any of various North American aroid plants, esp the green dragon
5.
(Christianity) a manifestation of Satan or an attendant devil
6.
a yacht of the International Dragon Class, 8.88m long (29.2 feet), used in racing
7.
(slang) chase the dragon, to smoke opium or heroin
Derived Forms
dragoness, noun:feminine
dragonish, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin dracō, from Greek drakōn; related to drakos eye
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Word Origin and History for dragons

dragon

n.

early 13c., from Old French dragon, from Latin draconem (nominative draco) "huge serpent, dragon," from Greek drakon (genitive drakontos) "serpent, giant seafish," apparently from drak-, strong aorist stem of derkesthai "to see clearly," from PIE *derk- "to see." Perhaps the literal sense is "the one with the (deadly) glance."

The young are dragonets (14c.). Obsolete drake "dragon" is an older borrowing of the same word. Used in the Bible to translate Hebrew tannin "a great sea-monster," and tan, a desert mammal now believed to be the jackal.

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dragons in the Bible

(1.) Heb. tannim, plural of tan. The name of some unknown creature inhabiting desert places and ruins (Job 30:29; Ps. 44:19; Isa. 13:22; 34:13; 43:20; Jer. 10:22; Micah 1:8; Mal. 1:3); probably, as translated in the Revised Version, the jackal (q.v.). (2.) Heb. tannin. Some great sea monster (Jer. 51:34). In Isa. 51:9 it may denote the crocodile. In Gen. 1:21 (Heb. plural tanninim) the Authorized Version renders "whales," and the Revised Version "sea monsters." It is rendered "serpent" in Ex. 7:9. It is used figuratively in Ps. 74:13; Ezek. 29:3. In the New Testament the word "dragon" is found only in Rev. 12:3, 4, 7, 9, 16, 17, etc., and is there used metaphorically of "Satan." (See WHALE.)

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