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drake1

[dreyk]
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noun
  1. a male duck.Compare duck1(def 2).
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Origin of drake1

1250–1300; Middle English; cognate with Low German drake, dialectal German drache; compare Old High German antrahho, anutrehho male duck

drake2

[dreyk]
noun
  1. a small cannon, used especially in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  2. drake fly.
  3. Archaic. a dragon.
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Origin of drake2

before 900; Middle English; Old English draca < Latin dracō dragon

Drake

[dreyk]
noun
  1. Sir Francis,c1540–96, English admiral and buccaneer: sailed around the world 1577–80.
  2. Joseph Rod·man [rod-muh n] /ˈrɒd mən/, 1795–1820, U.S. poet.
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drake1

noun
  1. the male of any duck
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Word Origin

C13: perhaps from Low German; compare Middle Dutch andrake, Old High German antrahho

drake2

noun
  1. angling an artificial fly resembling a mayfly
  2. history a small cannon
  3. an obsolete word for dragon
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Word Origin

Old English draca, ultimately from Latin dracō dragon

Drake

noun
  1. Sir Francis. ?1540–96, English navigator and buccaneer, the first Englishman to sail around the world (1577–80). He commanded a fleet against the Spanish Armada (1588) and contributed greatly to its defeat
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Word Origin and History for drake

n.1

"male duck," c.1300, unrecorded in Old English but may have existed then, from West Germanic *drako (cf. Low German drake, second element of Old High German anutrehho, dialectal German Drache).

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n.2

archaic for "dragon," from Old English draca "dragon, sea monster, huge serpent," from Proto-Germanic *drako (cf. Middle Dutch and Old Frisian drake, Dutch draak, Old High German trahho, German drache), an early borrowing from Latin draco (see dragon).

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