dragonet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dragonet small often brightly colored scaleless marine bottom-dwellers; found in tropical and warm temperate waters of Europe and America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dragonet A little dragon.
    • Dragonet (Zoöl) A small British marine fish (Callionymuslyra); -- called also yellow sculpin fox, and gowdie.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dragonet A little or young dragon.
    • n dragonet The English name of fishes of the genus Callionymus, family callionymidœ. The appellation dragonet was substituted by Pennant for yellow gurnard, a name by which the Callionymus lyra was previously known. Day. Also dragon-fish. See cut under Callionymus.
    • n dragonet A name of the very large lizards of South America of the genus Crocodilurus (or Ada), belonging to the family Teiidœ or Ameividœ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dragonet a little dragon: a genus of fishes of the goby family
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. draco, draconis—Gr. drakōn, from aorist of derk-esthai, to look.

Usage

In literature:

Dragonets, xii, 10, little dragons.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
The dragonets are quaint, wide-awake little fish.
"Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
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