Draco

1
[drey-koh]
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 Draco

1
< Latin < Greek drákōn dragon

Draco

2
[drey-koh]
noun
  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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Historical Examples of draco

  • The centre of the circle in the constellation of Draco is the pole of the ecliptic.

    The Story of the Heavens

    Robert Stawell Ball

  • This region lies in the constellation Draco, at the pole of the ecliptic.

    The Story of the Heavens

    Robert Stawell Ball

  • The laws of Draco were too severe, but they had no others to govern the city.

  • The evil of the laws of Draco was not that they were severe, but that they were inefficient.

  • The Draco or dragon had been borrowed from the Parthians after the death of Trajan.

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    W. G. Perrin


British Dictionary definitions for draco

Draco

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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 for Draco

from Latin, from Greek drakōn dragon

Draco

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noun
  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

Draco

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

draco in Science

Draco

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