The word Dragon was traslated in 1611 from the greek word Drakon (not to be confused with Draco which is the name given a constalation of star that resemble the shape of a Drakon or Dragon) Drakon is the greek translation of the Hebrew word Tanniynim which has a broad meaning.
In hebrew literature tanniynim is used as names or synonyms of the following or as a group name for a type(kind) of creature
1. Whale or great fish
2. Sea monster/Sea serpent
3. Leviathan (Livy^ath^an)
4. large reptile
5. Behemoth (Behemot, B`hemot, Bahimuth, Bahamut)
6. large flying serpents/reptiles
7. that old serpent aka the devil, satan
the first six entries above discribe creatures, who's existance has been proven by the fossil record of the earth but which fall under a different name, one which has yet to be associated with the word Dragon, for what ever reason. That name is Dinosaur
i.e. the Dragons of legend are Dinosaurs.
Dragons where assumed to be a mythological creature, however through studies of the myth compared with actual historical evidence, the myth of dragons can be best explained by giving them the name Dinosaur.
Possibly the best mythical creature known to this day.
was a man. I mean, he was a dragon-man. Or maybe he was just a dragon!
The mythical creature that pwns all others. Enough said.
Dragons rocks my socks.
(Please excuse the length of this definition, but I enjoy being thorough.)
In the traditional sense, dragons were large reptilian creatures first thought of in the medieval time. (medieval in the eastern and western sense.) In western realsm, the dragon was a greedy, tyranical brute who ate damsels, demolished villages, and kept a huge treasure hoarde. Mostly portrayed as a generally lizard-like creature with many crests and horns, terribley sharp claws, large teeth, sometimes quills or fur, and almost always wings. (Different variants occured, such as the wingless two-legged Linwurm, and the scorpion-tailed wyvern.)They might've also had a lion's or dog's head.
In the eastern realms, dragons were beneficial and wise. They did of course keep their treasure hoardes, a dragon is nothing without his shinies. (They're very good eating.)They were snakelike, colourful, posessed deer-antlers, usually had a mane of fur or a crest of the stuff running down their back. They were awfully powerful beings, usually close to the gods, and lived in mountains, and sometimes in the ocean. I don't kinow much more...I'm pretty sure they could breathe scalding water instead of fire.
Nowadays, dragons are an icon. Anime' abuses them, fantasy novels use them, and D&D
keeps them sacred. In DD, there are two main types of dragons, called true dragons(western variety).
Here's a list...
A devil to some (The britans), a good luck charm to others (the chinese), but to me, thier just badass.
Do Not Meddle in the Affairs of Dragons, For You are Crunchy and Taste Good with Ketchup!
The Beast of all Beasts
Thou shalt not slay thy dragon, thy dragon shalt slay thou.
a girl that you would have sex with but never enter into a full-fledged relationship with
You have to slay a couple of dragons before you find your princess!
in business terms: in HR- A benefits specialist with no hope of promotion
Matt: "Joe, you slay that dragon yet?"
Joe: "No dude, she wants to be my girlfriend!"
Hey, you want to go dragon slaying tonight?
No, I already slew one today and then threw her out!
A mythical creature resembling a reptile. Usually huge and ridiculously powerful; often flies or spits fire and/or venom out of its mouth. May be benevolent or pure evil; usually depends on what part of the world the legend is coming from.
People often like to roleplay these creatures online.
"I have a plastic dragon on top of my monitor."