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dragon

Saltos de línea: dragon
Pronunciación: /ˈdraɡ(ə)n
 
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Definición de dragon en inglés:

sustantivo

1A mythical monster like a giant reptile. In European tradition the dragon is typically fire-breathing and tends to symbolize chaos or evil, whereas in East Asia it is usually a beneficent symbol of fertility, associated with water and the heavens.
Example sentences
  • On each corner of its curved roof perch ten dragons and other mythical water animals that symbolically guard against the ever-present risk of fire.
  • Get as close as you dare to mythical monsters including dragons, the Unicorn and the Yeti and learn about the mystery that surrounds them.
  • After all of it, after all the magic and storms and monsters and dragons and evil beings, they were going to die of the cold.
1.1 derogatory A fierce and intimidating woman: his wife is a real dragon
2 (also flying dragon) another term for flying lizard.
2.1Australian Any lizard of the agama family.

Origen

Middle English (also denoting a large serpent): from Old French, via Latin from Greek drakōn 'serpent'.

More
  • Dragon goes back to Greek drakōn ‘serpent’, and this was one of the first senses in English in the Middle Ages. In early texts it can be difficult to distinguish the genuine large snake or python (at that time known only from report) from the mythical fire-breathing monster. The dragon is a popular Chinese symbol, and this is behind the expression to chase the dragon, ‘to smoke heroin’. A 1961 Narcotic Officer's Handbook explains: ‘In “chasing the dragon” the heroin and any diluting drug are placed on a folded piece of tinfoil. This is heated with a taper and the resulting fumes inhaled through a small tube of bamboo or rolled paper. The fumes move up and down the tinfoil with the movements of the molten powder, resembling the undulating tail of the mythical Chinese dragon.’

Frases

chase the dragon

1
informal Smoke heroin.
Example sentences
  • It cost me about £80 a day to chase the dragon.
  • The literature indicates that an ideal drug consumption facility is made up of three sections: a clinical area for injecting, a well-ventilated area for freebasing or chasing the dragon, and an adjacent common room.
  • As I smoked, out of the side of my eye I half watched Dave: also smoking, also chasing the dragon.

Words that rhyme with dragon

flagon, lagan, pendragon, wagon

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