Word of the Week: Dragon

The word dragon is a noun and defined as a mythical animal usually represented as a monstrous winged and scaly serpent or saurian with a crested head and enormous claws. First used in the 17th century, the term dragon derives from the Latin word draco or “serpent,” which is related to the ancient Greek term drakōn also defined as “serpent” in English. 

Dragons are common creatures that appear in folktales and stories from virtually all cultures across the world. Some scholars believe that the idea of a dragon comes from the large crocodiles that explorers may have encountered in forested or swampy areas. 

Today, popular dragons in pop culture include Toothless from How to Train a Dragon and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. In the comments below, list any popular dragons you are familiar with! 

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“dragon,” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary

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