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drake1

[dreyk] /dreɪk/
noun
1.
a male duck.
Compare duck1 (def 2).
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; cognate with Low German drake, dialectal German drache; compare Old High German antrahho, anutrehho male duck

drake2

[dreyk] /dreɪk/
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] /dreɪk/
noun
1.
Sir Francis, c1540–96, English admiral and buccaneer: sailed around the world 1577–80.
2.
Joseph Rodman
[rod-muh n] /ˈrɒd mən/ (Show IPA),
1795–1820, U.S. poet.
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British Dictionary definitions for drake

drake1

/dreɪk/
noun
1.
the male of any duck
Word Origin
C13: perhaps from Low German; compare Middle Dutch andrake, Old High German antrahho

drake2

/dreɪk/
noun
1.
(angling) an artificial fly resembling a mayfly
2.
(history) a small cannon
3.
an obsolete word for dragon
Word Origin
Old English draca, ultimately from Latin dracōdragon

Drake

/dreɪk/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for drake
n.

"male duck," c.1300, unrecorded in Old English but may have existed then, from West Germanic *drako (cf. Low German drake, second element of Old High German anutrehho, dialectal German Drache).

archaic for "dragon," from Old English draca "dragon, sea monster, huge serpent," from Proto-Germanic *drako (cf. Middle Dutch and Old Frisian drake, Dutch draak, Old High German trahho, German drache), an early borrowing from Latin draco (see dragon).

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