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Draco1

[drey-koh]
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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.
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Origin of Draco1

< Latin < Greek drákōn dragon

Draco2

[drey-koh]
noun
  1. a late 7th-century b.c. Athenian statesman noted for the severity of his code of laws.
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Also Dra·con [drey-kon] /ˈdreɪ kɒn/.
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Examples from the Web for draconis

Historical Examples

  • The pyramid's downward passage under "a Draconis" symbolizes the course of Sin.

    The Profits of Religion, Fifth Edition

    Upton Sinclair

  • Nodus Secundus, δ Draconis, "the second of the four knots or convolutions."

    A Field Book of the Stars

    William Tyler Olcott


British Dictionary definitions for draconis

Draco1

noun Latin genitive Draconis (dreɪˈkəʊnɪs)
  1. a faint extensive constellation twisting around the N celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus
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Word Origin

from Latin, from Greek drakōn dragon

Draco2

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 draconis

Draco

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

draconis 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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