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

  • n. A male duck.
  • n. A mayfly used as fishing bait. Also called drake fly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A male duck.
  • n. A mayfly used as fishing bait.
  • n. A type of dragon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The male of the duck kind.
  • n. The drake fly.
  • n. A dragon.
  • n. A small piece of artillery.
  • n. Wild oats, brome grass, or darnel grass; -- called also drawk, dravick, and drank.

from The 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
From Middle English drake ("male duck, drake"), from Old English *draca, abbreviated form for Old English *andraca (“male duck, drake”, literally "duck-king"), from Proto-Germanic *anudrekô (“duck leader”), from Proto-Germanic *anudz ("duck, ennet"; see ennet) + Proto-Germanic *rekô (“ruler, king”), from Proto-Indo-European *reǵ- (“chief, king”). Cognate with Middle Dutch andrake ("drake"), Middle Low German āntreke, āntdrāke, ("male duck, drake"; > Low German drake ("drake")), Old High German anutrehho, antrache ("male duck, drake"; > German Enterich ("drake")), Swabian Antrech ("drake"), German dialectal Drache ("drake"). More at ennet. (Wiktionary)
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)

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