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dragon (n.)

13世纪中叶, dragoun ,是许多种族和民族概念中常见的一种神话般的动物,来自古法语 dragon ,直接来自拉丁语 draconem (名词 draco )"巨蛇,龙",来自希腊语 drakon (属词 drakontos )"蛇,巨大的海鱼",显然来自 drak- ,强主动词干 derkesthai "看得清楚",来自PIE *derk- "看"(也是梵语 darsata- "可见"的来源。"古爱尔兰语 adcondarc "我看到了;"哥特语 gatarhjan "特征;"古英语 torht ,古高德语 zoraht "光,清楚;"阿尔巴尼亚语 dritë "光")。)

也许字面意思是"有(致命)目光的人"。年轻人是 dragonets ( 14世纪 )。女性的形式 dragoness ,从16世纪30年代就有证据。过时的 drake (n.2)"龙"是同一词的较早借用,后来的形式在另一种意义上是 dragoon 。在《圣经》中一般用于指体型大、凶猛的生物;它翻译成希伯来文 tannin "大海怪", tan ,一种沙漠哺乳动物,现在被认为是豺狼。

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Definitions of dragon from WordNet
1
dragon (n.)
a creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings;
Synonyms: firedrake
dragon (n.)
a fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman;
Synonyms: tartar
dragon (n.)
any of several small tropical Asian lizards capable of gliding by spreading winglike membranes on each side of the body;
Synonyms: flying dragon / flying lizard
2
Dragon (n.)
a faint constellation twisting around the north celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus;
Synonyms: Draco
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