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noun, genitive Dra·co·nis [drey-koh-nis, druh-] /dreɪˈkoʊ nɪs, drə-/. Astronomy.
  1. the Dragon, a northern circumpolar constellation between Ursa Major and Cepheus.

Origin of Draco1

< Latin < Greek drákōn dragon


  1. a late 7th-century b.c. Athenian statesman noted for the severity of his code of laws.
Also Dra·con [drey-kon] /ˈdreɪ kɒn/.
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noun Latin genitive Draconis (dreɪˈkəʊnɪs)
  1. a faint extensive constellation twisting around the N celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus

Word Origin

from Latin, from Greek drakōn dragon


  1. 7th century bc, Athenian statesman and lawmaker, whose code of laws (621) prescribed death for almost every offence
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Word Origin and History for draco


northern constellation representing a dragon, from Latin draco "dragon" (see dragon). Identified as such since ancient times.

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draco in Science


  1. A constellation (the Dragon) in the polar region of the Northern Hemisphere near Cepheus and Ursa Major.
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