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Flying dragon at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Dragon \Drag"on\, n. [F. dragon, L. draco, fr. Gr. ?, prob. fr.
?, ?, to look (akin to Skr. dar? to see), and so called from
its terrible eyes. Cf. {Drake} a dragon, {Dragoon}.]
1. (Myth.) A fabulous animal, generally represented as a
monstrous winged serpent or lizard, with a crested head
and enormous claws, and regarded as very powerful and

The dragons which appear in early paintings and
sculptures are invariably representations of a
winged crocodile. --Fairholt.

Note: In Scripture the term dragon refers to any great
monster, whether of the land or sea, usually to some
kind of serpent or reptile, sometimes to land serpents
of a powerful and deadly kind. It is also applied
metaphorically to Satan.

Thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the
waters. -- Ps. lxxiv.

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the
young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample
under feet. -- Ps. xci.

He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent,
which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a
thousand years. --Rev. xx. 2.

2. A fierce, violent person, esp. a woman. --Johnson.

3. (Astron.) A constellation of the northern hemisphere
figured as a dragon; Draco.

4. A luminous exhalation from marshy grounds, seeming to move
through the air as a winged serpent.

5. (Mil. Antiq.) A short musket hooked to a swivel attached
to a soldier's belt; -- so called from a representation of
a dragon's head at the muzzle. --Fairholt.

6. (Zo["o]l.) A small arboreal lizard of the genus Draco, of
several species, found in the East Indies and Southern
Asia. Five or six of the hind ribs, on each side, are
prolonged and covered with weblike skin, forming a sort of
wing. These prolongations aid them in making long leaps
from tree to tree. Called also {flying lizard}.

7. (Zo["o]l.) A variety of carrier pigeon.

8. (Her.) A fabulous winged creature, sometimes borne as a
charge in a coat of arms.

Note: Dragon is often used adjectively, or in combination, in
the sense of relating to, resembling, or characteristic
of, a dragon.

{Dragon arum} (Bot.), the name of several species of
{Aris[ae]ma}, a genus of plants having a spathe and
spadix. See {Dragon root}(below).

{Dragon fish} (Zo["o]l.), the dragonet.

{Dragon fly} (Zo["o]l.), any insect of the family
{Libellulid[ae]}. They have finely formed, large and
strongly reticulated wings, a large head with enormous
eyes, and a long body; -- called also {mosquito hawks}.
Their larv[ae] are aquatic and insectivorous.

{Dragon root} (Bot.), an American aroid plant ({Aris[ae]ma
Dracontium}); green dragon.

{Dragon's blood}, a resinous substance obtained from the
fruit of several species of {Calamus}, esp. from {C.
Rotang} and {C. Draco}, growing in the East Indies. A
substance known as dragon's blood is obtained by exudation
from {Drac[ae]na Draco}; also from {Pterocarpus Draco}, a
tree of the West Indies and South America. The color is
red, or a dark brownish red, and it is used chiefly for
coloring varnishes, marbles, etc. Called also {Cinnabar

{Dragon's head}.
(a) (Bot.) A plant of several species of the genus
{Dracocephalum}. They are perennial herbs closely
allied to the common catnip.
(b) (Astron.) The ascending node of a planet, indicated,
chiefly in almanacs, by the symbol ?. The deviation
from the ecliptic made by a planet in passing from one
node to the other seems, according to the fancy of
some, to make a figure like that of a dragon, whose
belly is where there is the greatest latitude; the
intersections representing the head and tail; -- from
which resemblance the denomination arises. --Encyc.

{Dragon shell} (Zo["o]l.), a species of limpet.

{Dragon's skin}, fossil stems whose leaf scars somewhat
resemble the scales of reptiles; -- a name used by miners
and quarrymen. --Stormonth.

{Dragon's tail} (Astron.), the descending node of a planet,
indicated by the symbol ?. See {Dragon's head} (above).

{Dragon's wort} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Artemisia} ({A.

{Dragon tree} (Bot.), a West African liliaceous tree
({Drac[ae]na Draco}), yielding one of the resins called
dragon's blood. See {Drac[ae]na}.

{Dragon water}, a medicinal remedy very popular in the
earlier half of the 17th century. ``Dragon water may do
good upon him.'' --Randolph (1640).

{Flying dragon}, a large meteoric fireball; a bolide.

{Flying army} (Mil.) a body of cavalry and infantry, kept in
motion, to cover its own garrisons and to keep the enemy
in continual alarm. --Farrow.

{Flying artillery} (Mil.), artillery trained to rapid
evolutions, -- the men being either mounted or trained to
spring upon the guns and caissons when they change

{Flying bridge}, {Flying camp}. See under {Bridge}, and

{Flying buttress} (Arch.), a contrivance for taking up the
thrust of a roof or vault which can not be supported by
ordinary buttresses. It consists of a straight bar of
masonry, usually sloping, carried on an arch, and a solid
pier or buttress sufficient to receive the thrust. The
word is generally applied only to the straight bar with
supporting arch.

{Flying colors}, flags unfurled and waving in the air; hence:

{To come off with flying colors}, to be victorious; to
succeed thoroughly in an undertaking.

{Flying doe} (Zo["o]l.), a young female kangaroo.

{Flying dragon}.
(a) (Zo["o]l.) See {Dragon}, 6.
(b) A meteor. See under {Dragon}.

{Flying Dutchman}.
(a) A fabled Dutch mariner condemned for his crimes to sail
the seas till the day of judgment.
(b) A spectral ship.

{Flying fish}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Flying fish}, in the

{Flying fox} (Zo["o]l.), the colugo.

{Flying frog} (Zo["o]l.), an East Indian tree frog of the
genus {Rhacophorus}, having very large and broadly webbed
feet, which serve as parachutes, and enable it to make
very long leaps.

{Flying gurnard} (Zo["o]l.), a species of gurnard of the
genus {Cephalacanthus} or {Dactylopterus}, with very large
pectoral fins, said to be able to fly like the flying
fish, but not for so great a distance.

Note: Three species are known; that of the Atlantic is
{Cephalacanthus volitans}.

{Flying jib} (Naut.), a sail extended outside of the standing
jib, on the flying-jib boom.

{Flying-jib boom} (Naut.), an extension of the jib boom.

{Flying kites} (Naut.), light sails carried only in fine

{Flying lemur}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Colugo}.

{Flying level} (Civil Engin.), a reconnoissance level over
the course of a projected road, canal, etc.

{Flying lizard}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Dragon}, n. 6.

{Flying machine}, an apparatus for navigating the air; a form
of balloon. -- {Flying mouse} (Zo["o]l.), the opossum
mouse ({Acrobates pygm[ae]us}), of Australia.

Note: It has lateral folds of skin, like the flying
squirrels. -- {Flying party} (Mil.), a body of soldiers
detailed to hover about an enemy. -- {Flying phalanger}
(Zo["o]l.), one of several species of small marsuupials of
the genera {Petaurus} and {Belideus}, of Australia and New
Guinea, having lateral folds like those of the flying
squirrels. The sugar squirrel ({B. sciureus}), and the
ariel ({B. ariel}), are the best known; -- called also
{squirrel petaurus} and {flying squirrel}. See {Sugar
squirrel}. -- {Flying pinion}, the fly of a clock. --
{Flying sap} (Mil.), the rapid construction of trenches (when
the enemy's fire of case shot precludes the method of
simple trenching), by means of gabions placed in
juxtaposition and filled with earth. -- {Flying shot}, a
shot fired at a moving object, as a bird on the wing. --
{Flying spider}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Ballooning spider}. --
{Flying squid} (Zo["o]l.), an oceanic squid ({Ommastrephes,
or Sthenoteuthis, Bartramii}), abundant in the Gulf
Stream, which is able to leap out of the water with such
force that it often falls on the deck of a vessel. --
{Flying squirrel} (Zo["o]l.) See {Flying squirrel}, in the
Vocabulary. -- {Flying start}, a start in a sailing race
in which the signal is given while the vessels are under
way. -- {Flying torch} (Mil.), a torch attached to a long
staff and used for signaling at night.

flying dragon at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

flying dragon
n : any of several small tropical Asian lizards capable of
gliding by spreading winglike membranes on each side of
the body [syn: {dragon}, {flying lizard}]