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dragon (n.)

mid-13c., dragoun, a fabulous animal common to the conceptions of many races and peoples, from Old French dragon and directly 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" (source also of Sanskrit darsata- "visible;" Old Irish adcondarc "I have seen;" Gothic gatarhjan "characterize;" Old English torht, Old High German zoraht "light, clear;" Albanian dritë "light").

Perhaps the literal sense is "the one with the (deadly) glance." The young are dragonets (c. 1300). Fem. form dragoness is attested from 1630s. Obsolete drake (n.2) "dragon" is an older borrowing of the same word, and a later form in another sense is dragoon. Used in the Bible generally for creatures of great size and fierceness; it translates Hebrew tannin "a great sea-monster," and tan, a desert mammal now believed to be the jackal.

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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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