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[drag-uh-net, drag-uh-nit]
  1. any fish of the genus Callionymus, the species of which are small and usually brightly colored.
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Origin of dragonet

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French; see dragon, -et
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Examples from the Web for dragonet

Historical Examples

  • A name in the Frith of Forth for the dragonet or gowdie (Callionymus lyra).

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Dragonet, the common name of small marine fishes constituting a special family (Callionymid).

  • As to the dragonet, he stuck out his nose, fixed his eyes, and fell a-thinking.

British Dictionary definitions for dragonet


  1. any small spiny-finned fish of the family Callionymidae, having a flat head and a slender tapering brightly coloured body and living at the bottom of shallow seas
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Word Origin

C14 (meaning: small dragon): from French; applied to fish C18
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