Dracunculus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Dracunculus type genus of the family Dracunculidae
    • n Dracunculus tuberous herbaceous perennials: dragon arum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dracunculus (Zoöl) A fish; the dragonet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dracunculus An herbaceous genus of the natural order Araceæ, including two species of southern Europe and the Canary islands. The green dragon, D. vulgaris, with pedately divided leaves and spotted stems, is sometimes cultivated, but its large green flowers (purple within) are very fetid.
    • n dracunculus [lowercase] A dragonet, or goby, of the genus Callionymus.
    • n dracunculus A genus of worms D.(Filaria)medinensis, the guinea-worm, a fine, thread-like worm 60 centimeters to 1 meter long, inhabits in its larval condition certain small crustaceans (cyclops), enters the human stomach in drinking-water, and finds its way to the subcutaneous regions, especially of the legs and feet, where it develops and causes abscesses. It is very common in tropical Asia and Africa.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dracunculus drā-kun′kū-lus a herbaceous genus of Araceæ; a dragonet or goby of genus Callionymus: a genus of worms, the guinea-worm.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., dim. of draco, dragon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., dim, of draco, a dragon.

Usage

In literature:

The Dracunculus medinensis or Guinea-worm is a widely-spread parasite in parts of Africa and the West Indies.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
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