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

  • n. Any of various small, often brightly colored marine fishes of the family Callionymidae, having a slender body and a flattened head.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small dragon.
  • n. Any of the small perciform marine fish of the family Callionymidae found mainly in the tropical waters of the western Indo-Pacific, the family containing approximately 186 species in 18 genera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little dragon.
  • n. A small British marine fish (Callionymuslyra); -- called also yellow sculpin, fox, and gowdie.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little or young dragon.
  • n. The English name of fishes of the genus Callionymus, family callionymidœ.
  • n. A name of the very large lizards of South America of the genus Crocodilurus (or Ada), belonging to the family Teiidœ or Ameividœ.

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

  • n. small often brightly colored scaleless marine bottom-dwellers; found in tropical and warm temperate waters of Europe and America


Middle English, young dragon, from Old French, diminutive of dragon, dragon; see dragon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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