- A serpentine legendary creature
Etymology: From dragonFrench, dragon < dracoLatin, dracÅ < Ancient Greek (polytonic, ) (drakÅn) "a serpent of huge size, a python, a dragon" probably from (polytonic, á) (drakein) aorist active infinitive of (polytonic, ) (derkomai) "I see clearly".
- (Western) A gigantic beast, typically reptilian with leathery bat-like wings, lion-like claws, scaly skin and a serpent-like tail, often with fiery breath.
- c.1900 " w:Edith Nesbit, Edith Nesbit, s:The Last of the Dragons, The Last of the Dragons
- :But as every well-brought-up prince was expected to kill a , and rescue a princess, the dragons grew fewer and fewer till it was often quite hard for a princess to find a dragon to be rescued from.
- (Eastern) A large snake-like lizard with the eyes of a hare, the horns of a stag, and the claws of a tiger
- 1913 " w:Sax Rohmer, Sax Rohmer, s:The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, ch XIII
- :These tapestries were magnificently figured with golden dragons; and as the serpentine bodies gleamed and shimmered in the increasing radiance, each , I thought, intertwined its glittering coils more closely with those of another.
- A large reptile, especially a Komodo dragon.
- The constellation Draco.
- 1605 " w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, s:The Tragedy of King Lear, King Lear, i 2
- :My father compounded with my mother vnder the Dragons taile, and my nativity was vnder Vrsa Maior.
- (pejorative) An unpleasant woman; a harridan.
- She"s a bit of a .
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