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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The ascending node of a planet, indicated, chiefly in almanacs, by the symbol �. The deviation from the ecliptic made by a planet in passing from one node to the other seems, according to the fancy of some, to make a figure like that of a dragon, whose belly is where there is the greatest latitude; the intersections representing the head and tail; -- from which resemblance the denomination arises.

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

  • n. American herb having sharply serrate lanceolate leaves and spikes of blue to violet flowers


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