- 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.
- flying dragon.
- 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.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Draco.
Origin of dragon
Examples from the Web for dragonlike
Sucking at a crack of light the red setter's kindled nose glowed and snorted with dragonlike ferocity.Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs
Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
On his breastplate was a device of a dragonlike beast perched with its tail around a planet, and a crown above.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
Traffic densities were virtually zero despite the efforts of the dragonlike snow-burners trying to keep the roadways clear.Code Three
- 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
Word Origin and History for dragonlike
early 13c., from Old French dragon, from Latin draconem (nominative draco) "huge serpent, dragon," from Greek drakon (genitive drakontos) "serpent, giant seafish," apparently from drak-, strong aorist stem of derkesthai "to see clearly," from PIE *derk- "to see." Perhaps the literal sense is "the one with the (deadly) glance."
The young are dragonets (14c.). Obsolete drake "dragon" is an older borrowing of the same word. Used in the Bible to translate Hebrew tannin "a great sea-monster," and tan, a desert mammal now believed to be the jackal.