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Re: "Dragons?"



Jaime Headden wrote:
> 
> <To state the obvious, "dragon" is a European word>
> 
> French form of Old French (or Gaulish) of a word I don't have handy
> right now, of a Latin word _drakus_ from---which we get "drake", another
> dragon-related word---and from the Greek _thrakos_ (or _drakos_, but the
> form is the correct pronounciation). _Dragon_ is also a firearm that
> gave rise to the dragoon, a cavalry man who bore such a weapon or other
> firearm, derived from the supposed "fire- breathing" capabilities of
> European dragons.
> SNIP

I thought it came from the Greek "Derkein", which means something
like "far seeing", describing the excellent eyesight of said beast.

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