firedrake


firedrake
   This word, literally meaning 'fiery *dragon' in Old and Middle English, was used in Elizabethan times for streaks of fire crossing the sky (i.e. meteorites), and sometimes also for the *Will-o'-the-Wisp or *corpse candle.

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  • Firedrake — Firedrake, in Teutonic mythology, is a fire breathing reptilian creature, occasionally winged. It is much like the dragon.Usage in fantasyIn modern fantasy, firedrake is widely used for any fire breathing dragon. From this usage, various other… …   Wikipedia

  • Firedrake — Fire drake (f[imac]r dr[=a]k ), n. [AS. f[=y]rdraca; f[=y]r fire + draca a dragon. See {Fire}, and {Drake} a dragon.] [Obs.] 1. A fiery dragon. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 2. A fiery meteor; an ignis fatuus; a rocket. [1913 Webster] 3. A worker at …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • firedrake — [fīr′drāk΄] n. [see FIRE & DRAKE2] Gmc. Myth. a fire breathing dragon …   English World dictionary

  • firedrake — noun Etymology: Middle English firdrake, from Old English fȳrdraca, from fȳr + draca dragon, from Latin draco more at dragon Date: before 12th century a fire breathing dragon especially in Germanic mythology …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • firedrake — /fuyeur drayk /, n. a mythical fiery dragon. [bef. 900; ME fyrdrake, OE fyrdraca. See FIRE, DRAKE2] * * * …   Universalium

  • firedrake — noun A fire breathing dragon in German mythology …   Wiktionary

  • firedrake — n. mythical fire breathing dragon (German Folklore) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • firedrake — noun (in Germanic mythology) a dragon. Origin OE fȳr draca, from fȳr (see fire) + draca dragon , from L. draco …   English new terms dictionary

  • firedrake — fire•drake [[t]ˈfaɪərˌdreɪk[/t]] n. myt a fire breathing dragon of mythology • Etymology: bef. 900; ME fyrdrake, OE fȳrdraca=fȳr fire+draca dragon < L dracō …   From formal English to slang

  • firedrake — /ˈfaɪədreɪk/ (say fuyuhdrayk) noun a mythical dragon. {Middle English, Old English fȳrdraca, from fȳr fire + draca dragon} …   Australian English dictionary