firedrake

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n firedrake a creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Firedrake A fiery dragon.
    • Firedrake A fiery meteor; an ignis fatuus; a rocket.
    • Firedrake A worker at a furnace or fire.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n firedrake A fiery dragon or serpent.
    • n firedrake A fiery meteor; an ignis fatuus.
    • n firedrake A kind of firework.
    • n firedrake A worker at a furnace or fire: an allusive use.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fȳrdraca,; fȳr, fire + draca, a dragon. See Fire, and Drake a dragon

Usage

In literature:

A star, a daystar, a firedrake, rose at his birth.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Now, the Firedrake is a beast, or bird, about the bigness of an elephant.
"Prince Prigio" by Andrew Lang
The king consulted the learned men about the Court, who told him that probably a FIREDRAKE was in the neighbourhood.
"Prince Prigio From "His Own Fairy Book"" by Andrew Lang
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