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dragonhead

or dragon's head

[drag-uh n-hed] /ˈdræg ənˌhɛd/
noun
1.
any of several mints of the genus Dracocephalum having spikes of double-lipped flowers.
Origin of dragonhead
1500-1510
1500-10; translation of New Latin Dracocephalum

dragon's head

noun
2.
Astronomy. (formerly) the ascending node of the moon or a planet.
Origin
First recorded in 1500-10
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Examples from the Web for dragon-head
Historical Examples
  • Olaf of Norway is afraid to-day, for he carries no dragon-head on his ship.

  • On the stem was a dragon-head, and on the stern a dragon-tail, and the sides of the bows of the ship were gilt.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
British Dictionary definitions for dragon-head

dragonhead

/ˈdræɡənˌhɛd/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Dracocephalum, of Europe, Asia, and North America, having dense spikes of white or bluish flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2.
any North American plant of the related genus Physostegia, having pink or purplish flowers
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