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noun
  1. A venomous rattlesnake having a diamond pattern on its back; it is found mainly in the southern United States and parts of northwestern Mexico.
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  1. A serpentine legendary creature
  1. (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.
      1. A large reptile, especially a Komodo dragon.
      2. 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.
      1. (pejorative) An unpleasant woman; a harridan.
      She"s a bit of a .

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