American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A male duck.
- n. A mayfly used as fishing bait. Also called drake fly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The male of the duck kind; specifically, the mallard.
- n. The silver shilling of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, having a martlet, popularly called a drake, as the mint-mark. It is commonly supposed that the mark is in allusion to Sir Francis Drake, the famous admiral, but it is really the armorial cognizance of Sir Richard Martin, who was made warden of the mint in the fourteenth year of Elizabeth's reign.
- n. A large flat stone on which the duck is placed in the game of duck on drake. See duck.
- n. A. fabulous animal: same as dragon, 1.
- n. A battle-standard having the figure of a drake or dragon.
- n. A small piece of artillery. See dragon, 5.
- n. A species of fly, apparently the dragon-fly, used as a bait in angling. Also called drakefly
- n. A Middle English form of drawk.
- n. Any one of several pseudo-neuropterous insects used as bait by fishermen, especially certain May-flies. Ephemera danica and E. vulgata are known to English fishermen as the green drake and the gray drake.
- n. A man-of-war of the Vikings.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The male of the duck kind.
- n. The drake fly.
- n. obsolete A dragon.
- n. obsolete A small piece of artillery.
- n. Prov. Eng. Wild oats, brome grass, or darnel grass; -- called also
drawk, dravick, and drank.
- n. English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (1540-1596)
- n. adult male of a wild or domestic duck
- From Middle English drake ("dragon; Satan"), Old English draca ("dragon, sea monster, huge serpent"), from Proto-Germanic *drakô (“dragon”), from Latin dracō ("dragon"), from Ancient Greek δράκων (drakon, "serpent, giant seafish"), from δρακεῖν (drakein), aorist active infinitive of δέρκομαι (derkomai, "I see clearly"), from Proto-Indo-European *derk-. Compare Middle Dutch drake and German Drache (Wiktionary)
- Middle English.Middle English, dragon, from Old English draca, from West Germanic *drako, from Latin dracō; see dragon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“On the Wing With its long tail extension, or pin, the drake is rarely mistaken for another bird, but "sprigtails" can be confused with wigeon.”
“It may be that their movements are the results of mere fussiness, but more likely they are prompted by a desire to display their satin-like breast-feathers, for every drake is something of a dandy.”
“The drake will be the heaviest one, with a belly parallel to the ground.”
“The drake is a very handsome bird, a large portion of his plumage being white; the hen is smaller, and brown in colour.”
“My drake is a native of these parts; he's not of my race; but I am not proud on that account.”
“My drake is a native of these parts, he's not of my race; but for all that I'm not proud!”
“Sometimes it was termed a _drajón_, the English equivalent of which may be the drake, meaning "dragon"; but perhaps its most popular name in the early days was _cerbatana_, from Cerebus, the fierce three-headed dog of mythology.”
“But failing them, you may do well with a drake which is ribbed through the whole length with red hackle over a straw-coloured body.”
“The Price sisters, with their verbal inventiveness, thought I’d formed it cleverly from the knowledge that a drake was a kind of duck.”
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Looking for tweets for drake.