Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mythical monster traditionally represented as a gigantic reptile having a lion's claws, the tail of a serpent, wings, and a scaly skin.
  • n. A fiercely vigilant or intractable person.
  • n. Something very formidable or dangerous.
  • n. Any of various lizards, such as the Komodo dragon or the flying lizard.
  • n. Archaic A large snake or serpent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A legendary, serpentine or reptilian creature.
  • n. An animal of various species that resemble a dragon in appearance:
  • n. The constellation Draco.
  • n. An unpleasant woman; a harridan.
  • n. The (historical) Chinese empire or the People's Republic of China.
  • n. Something very formidable or dangerous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fabulous animal, generally represented as a monstrous winged serpent or lizard, with a crested head and enormous claws, and regarded as very powerful and ferocious.
  • n. A fierce, violent person, esp. a woman.
  • n. A constellation of the northern hemisphere figured as a dragon; Draco.
  • n. A luminous exhalation from marshy grounds, seeming to move through the air as a winged serpent.
  • n. A short musket hooked to a swivel attached to a soldier's belt; -- so called from a representation of a dragon's head at the muzzle.
  • n. A small arboreal lizard of the genus Draco, of several species, found in the East Indies and Southern Asia. Five or six of the hind ribs, on each side, are prolonged and covered with weblike skin, forming a sort of wing. These prolongations aid them in making long leaps from tree to tree. Called also flying lizard.
  • n. A variety of carrier pigeon.
  • n. A fabulous winged creature, sometimes borne as a charge in a coat of arms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fabulous animal common to the conceptions of many primitive races and times, or, as in the Bible an indefinite creature of great size or fierceness.
  • n. In zoöl.: A lizard of the genus Draco, specifically called the flying-dragon.
  • n. Any one of the monitor-lizards.
  • n. In ornithology, a kind of carrier-pigeon. Also called dragoon.
  • n. A fierce, violent person, male or female; now, more generally (from the part of guardian often played by the dragon in mythology), a spiteful, watchful woman; a duenna.
  • n. [capitalized] An ancient northern constellation, Draco.
  • n. A short firearm used by dragoons in the seventeenth century, described as having a barrel 16 inches long, with a large bore.
  • n. An old kind of standard or military ensign, so called because it was decorated with a dragon painted or embroidered upon it, or because it consisted (like the Anglo-Saxon standard at Hastings, as seen in the Bayeux tapestry) of a figure of a dragon carried upon a staff.
  • n. A name given to various araceous plants, as in England to Arum maculatum; the brown dragon, Arisœma triphyllum; the green dragon, Dracunculus vulgaris, and in the United States Arisœma Dracontium; the female or water dragon, Calla palustris.
  • n. In Scotland, a paper kite.
  • n. See the extract.
  • Pertaining to or resembling dragons; performed by dragons; fierce; formidable.
  • n. The larva of a European notodontid moth, Hybocampa millhauseri, having remarkably angular outlines and conspicuous corners and humps, so that it resembles an oak-leaf curled and eaten by a tortricid larva.
  • n. The hellgrammite fly, Corydalus cornutus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a faint constellation twisting around the north celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus
  • n. a fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman
  • n. any of several small tropical Asian lizards capable of gliding by spreading winglike membranes on each side of the body
  • n. a creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings
  • v. proceed for an extended period of time
  • v. last unnecessarily long

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dracō, dracōn-, large serpent, from Greek drakōn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French dragon, from Latin dracō, from Ancient Greek δράκων (drakōn, "a serpent of huge size, a python, a dragon"), probably from δρακεῖν (drakein), aorist active infinitive of δέρκομαι (derkomai, "I see clearly").

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  • "Let's frighten the dragons," I said to Pooh.

    "That's right," said Pooh to Me.

    "I'm not afraid," I said to Pooh,

    And I held his paw and I shouted "Shoo!

    Silly old dragons!"- and off they flew.

    "I wasn't afraid," said Pooh, said he,

    "I'm never afraid with you."

    - A.A. Milne, 'Us Two'.

    August 8, 2009

  • Are you sure it wasn't spawn? ;-)

    July 7, 2009

  • This person's retort reminds me so much of spawn, it's creepy.

    June 19, 2009

  • When that Seint George hadde sleyne ye draggon,

    He sate him down furninst a flaggon;

    And, wit ye well,

    Within a spell

    He had a bien plaisaunt jag on.

    Anonymous.

    February 9, 2009

  • Custard the dragon had big sharp teeth,

    And spikes on top of him and scales underneath,

    Mouth like a fireplace, chimney for a nose,

    And realio, trulio daggers on his toes.

    Belinda was as brave as a barrel full of bears,

    And Ink and Blink chased lions down the stairs,

    Mustard was brave as a tiger in a rage,

    But Custard cried for a nice safe cage.

    - Ogden Nash, 'The Tale of Custard the Dragon'.

    December 5, 2008

  • What Eragon rode

    January 30, 2008