Sir drake

World English Dictionary
drake1 (dreɪk)
the male of any duck
[C13: perhaps from Low German; compare Middle Dutch andrake, Old High German antrahho]

drake2 (dreɪk)
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)
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 & History

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

archaic for "dragon," from O.E. draca, from P.Gmc. *drako (see dragon).
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