One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Germanic mythology) a dragon.
- ‘In the poem, Beowulf fights a firedrake that has been destroying the area.’
- ‘The firedrake and the maiden act as each other's guardians, as when she peels fruit for ‘his tender fangs.’’
- ‘The firedrake's head snapped round like lightning to face the rattling sound.’
- ‘A firedrake exploded into view, landing on her shoulder and looking around at all of them.’
- ‘Billy may have been the size of a small cat, but he still had the appetite of a full sized firedrake.’
Old English fȳr-draca, from fȳr (see fire) + draca ‘dragon’, from Latin draco.
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