- the Dragon, a northern circumpolar constellation between Ursa Major and Cepheus.
Origin of Draco1
< Latin < Greek drákōn dragon
- 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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Examples from the Web for draco
Harry suspects Draco is trying to hurt Dumbledore and seriously injures his rival with one of the Prince's spells.Catch Up on Harry Potter: Watch 13 Key Moments
November 17, 2010
The centre of the circle in the constellation of Draco is the pole of the ecliptic.
This region lies in the constellation Draco, at the pole of the ecliptic.
The laws of Draco were too severe, but they had no others to govern the city.The Story of the Greeks
H. A. Guerber
The evil of the laws of Draco was not that they were severe, but that they were inefficient.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
The Draco or dragon had been borrowed from the Parthians after the death of Trajan.British Flags
W. G. Perrin
- a faint extensive constellation twisting around the N celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus
from Latin, from Greek drakōn dragon
- 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A constellation (the Dragon) in the polar region of the Northern Hemisphere near Cepheus and Ursa Major.
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