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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Definitions for flapdragon

  1. an old game in which the players snatch raisins, plums, etc., out of burning brandy, and eat them.
  2. the object so caught and eaten.

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Citations for flapdragon
Thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon. William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, 1598
…the good folks of Bideford were trooping home in merry groups, the father with his children, the lover with his sweetheart, to cakes and ale, and flapdragons and mummer's plays, and all the happy sports of Christmas night. Charles Kingsley, Westward Ho! or, the Voyages and Adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, 1855
Origin of flapdragon
1580-1590
Flapdragon entered English in the late 1500s as a portmanteau of flap and dragon.