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Serpent vs. Dragon

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Serpentnoun

A snake.

Dragonnoun

A legendary serpentine or reptilian creature.

Serpentnoun

(musical instruments) An obsolete wind instrument in the brass family, whose shape is suggestive of a snake (Wikipedia article).

Dragonnoun

In Western mythology, a gigantic beast, typically reptilian with leathery bat-like wings, lion-like claws, scaly skin and a serpent-like body, often a monster with fiery breath.

Serpentnoun

(figurative) A subtle, treacherous, malicious person.

Dragonnoun

In Eastern mythology, a large, snake-like monster with the eyes of a hare, the horns of a stag and the claws of a tiger, usually beneficent.

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Serpentnoun

A kind of firework with a serpentine motion.

Dragonnoun

A heraldic representation of such a beast used as a charge or as a supporter; as in the arms of Wales.

Serpentverb

To wind or meander

Dragonnoun

An animal of various species that resemble a dragon in appearance:

Serpentverb

To encircle.

Dragonnoun

(obsolete) A very large snake; a python.

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Serpentnoun

Any reptile of the order Ophidia; a snake, especially a large snake. See Illust. under Ophidia.

Dragonnoun

Any of various agamid lizards of the genera Draco, Physignathus or Pogona.

Serpentnoun

Fig.: A subtle, treacherous, malicious person.

Dragonnoun

A Komodo dragon.

Serpentnoun

A species of firework having a serpentine motion as it passess through the air or along the ground.

Dragonnoun

The constellation Draco.

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Serpentnoun

The constellation Serpens.

Dragonnoun

(pejorative) A fierce and unpleasant woman; a harridan.

‘She’s a bit of a dragon.’;

Serpentnoun

A bass wind instrument, of a loud and coarse tone, formerly much used in military bands, and sometimes introduced into the orchestra; - so called from its form.

Dragonnoun

The (historical) Chinese empire or the People's Republic of China.

‘Napoleon already warned of the awakening of the Dragon.’;

Serpentverb

To wind like a serpent; to crook about; to meander.

Dragonnoun

(figuratively) Something very formidable or dangerous.

Serpentverb

To wind; to encircle.

Dragonnoun

A type of playing-tile (red dragon, green dragon, white dragon) in the game of mahjong.

Serpentnoun

limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous

Dragonnoun

A luminous exhalation from marshy ground, seeming to move through the air like a winged serpent.

Serpentnoun

a firework that moves in serpentine manner when ignited

Dragonnoun

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.

Serpentnoun

an obsolete bass cornet; resembles a snake

Dragonnoun

A variety of carrier pigeon.

Dragonnoun

(slang) a transvestite man, or more broadly a male-to-female transgender person

Dragonnoun

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 ferocious.

‘The dragons which appear in early paintings and sculptures are invariably representations of a winged crocodile.’; ‘Thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.’; ‘Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.’; ‘He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.’;

Dragonnoun

A fierce, violent person, esp. a woman.

Dragonnoun

A constellation of the northern hemisphere figured as a dragon; Draco.

Dragonnoun

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

Dragonnoun

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.

Dragonnoun

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.

Dragonnoun

A variety of carrier pigeon.

Dragonnoun

A fabulous winged creature, sometimes borne as a charge in a coat of arms.

Dragonnoun

a creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings

Dragonnoun

a fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman

Dragonnoun

a faint constellation twisting around the north celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus

Dragonnoun

any of several small tropical Asian lizards capable of gliding by spreading winglike membranes on each side of the body

Dragon

A dragon is a large, serpentine, legendary creature that appears in the folklore of many cultures worldwide. Beliefs about dragons vary considerably through regions, but dragons in western cultures since the High Middle Ages have often been depicted as winged, horned, four-legged, and capable of breathing fire.

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