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 for Dragon fish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  dragon \drag"on\ (dr[a^]g"[u^]n), n. [F. dragon, L. draco, fr.
     Gr. dra`kwn, prob. fr. de`rkesqai, dra`kein, to look (akin to
     Skr. dar[,c] 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
        ferocious.
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              The dragons which appear in early paintings and
              sculptures are invariably representations of a
              winged crocodile.                     --Fairholt.
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     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.
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                 Thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the
                 waters.                            -- Ps. lxxiv.
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                 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the
                 young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample
                 under feet.                        -- Ps. xci.
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                 He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent,
                 which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a
                 thousand years.                    --Rev. xx. 2.
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     2. A fierce, violent person, esp. a woman. --Johnson.
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     3. (Astron.) A constellation of the northern hemisphere
        figured as a dragon; Draco.
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     4. A luminous exhalation from marshy grounds, seeming to move
        through the air as a winged serpent.
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     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.
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     6. (Zool.) 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.
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     7. (Zool.) A variety of carrier pigeon.
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     8. (Her.) A fabulous winged creature, sometimes borne as a
        charge in a coat of arms.
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     Note: Dragon is often used adjectively, or in combination, in
           the sense of relating to, resembling, or characteristic
           of, a dragon.
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     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 (Zool.), the dragonet.
  
     Dragon fly (Zool.), 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 Calamus
        Rotang and Calamus 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
        Gr[ae]corum.
  
     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.
            Brit.
  
     Dragon shell (Zool.), 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
        ({Artemisia dracunculus).
  
     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.
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