[ drag-uhn ]
/ ˈdræg ən /
a mythical monster generally represented as a huge, winged reptile with crested head and enormous claws and teeth, and often spouting fire.
Archaic. a huge serpent or snake.
Bible. a large animal, possibly a large snake or crocodile.
the dragon, Satan.
a fierce, violent person.
a very watchful and strict woman; duenna.
Botany. any of several araceous plants, as Arisaema dracontium(green dragon, or dragonroot ), the flowers of which have a long, slender spadix and a green, shorter spathe.
a short musket carried by a mounted infantryman in the 16th and 17th centuries.
a soldier armed with such a musket.See also dragoon (defs. 1-3).
(initial capital letter)Astronomy. the constellation Draco.
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Idioms for dragon
chase the dragon, Slang. to inhale the vapor of heated heroin or another opiate drug.
Origin of dragon
First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dracōn- (stem of dracō ), from Greek drákōn the name of a kind of serpent, probably originally an epithet, “the (sharp-)sighted one,” akin to dérkesthai “to look”
OTHER WORDS FROM dragondrag·on·ish, adjectivedrag·on·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dragon
/ (ˈdræɡən) /
a mythical monster usually represented as breathing fire and having a scaly reptilian body, wings, claws, and a long tail
informal a fierce or intractable person, esp a woman
any of various very large lizards, esp the Komodo dragon
any of various North American aroid plants, esp the green dragon
Christianity a manifestation of Satan or an attendant devil
a yacht of the International Dragon Class, 8.88m long (29.2 feet), used in racing
chase the dragon slang to smoke opium or heroin
Derived forms of dragondragoness, fem ndragonish, adjective
Word Origin for dragon
C13: from Old French, from Latin dracō, from Greek drakōn; related to drakos eye
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Idioms and Phrases with dragon
Also, drag out. Prolong or be prolonged tediously. For example, The speech dragged on for another hour, or He dragged out the story in an excruciating manner. [First half of 1800s]
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