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[drag-uh n] /ˈdræg ən/
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, .
a fierce, violent person.
a very watchful and strict woman.
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.
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
(slang) chase the dragon, to smoke opium or heroin
a North American aroid plant, Arisaema dracontium, with a long slender spadix projecting from a green or white long narrow spathe Also called dragonroot
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.
(1.) Heb. tannim, plural of tan. The name of some unknown creature inhabiting desert places and ruins (Job 30:29; Ps. 44:19; Isa. 13:22; 34:13; 43:20; Jer. 10:22; Micah 1:8; Mal. 1:3); probably, as translated in the Revised Version, the jackal (q.v.). (2.) Heb. tannin. Some great sea monster (Jer. 51:34). In Isa. 51:9 it may denote the crocodile. In Gen. 1:21 (Heb. plural tanninim) the Authorized Version renders “whales,” and the Revised Version “sea monsters.” It is rendered “serpent” in Ex. 7:9. It is used figuratively in Ps. 74:13; Ezek. 29:3. In the New Testament the word “dragon” is found only in Rev. 12:3, 4, 7, 9, 16, 17, etc., and is there used metaphorically of “Satan.” (See WHALE.)
noun 1. a pigment used in painting consisting mainly of iron silicate, characterized chiefly by its variable grayish-green hue, lack of tinting strength, and permanence.
[green] /grin/ adjective, greener, greenest. 1. of the color of growing foliage, between yellow and blue in the spectrum: green leaves. 2. covered with herbage or foliage; verdant: green fields. 3. characterized by the presence of verdure. 4. made of green vegetables, as lettuce, spinach, endive, or chicory: a green salad. 5. not fully developed […]
- Greener pastures
noun phrase a better life; a more promising situation Examples She moved out of state, looking for greener pastures.
[gree-nuh-ree] /ˈgri nə ri/ noun, plural greeneries for 2. 1. foliage or vegetation; verdure. 2. a place where plants are grown or kept. /ˈɡriːnərɪ/ noun (pl) -ries 1. green foliage or vegetation, esp when used for decoration n. 1797, from green + -ery.