- 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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- 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 draconis
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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