early 13c., from O.Fr. dragon, from L. draconem (nom. draco) "huge serpent, dragon,"
from Gk. drakon (gen. drakontos) "serpent, giant seafish,"
apparently from drak-, strong aorist stem of derkesthai "to see clearly,"
from PIE *derk- "to see."
Perhaps the lit. sense is "the one with the (deadly) glance."
The young are dragonets (14c.).
Obsolete drake "dragon" is an older borrowing of the same word.
Used in the Bible to translate Heb. tannin "a great sea-monster," and tan, a desert mammal now believed to be the jackal.
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
Intensive from the same as תַּן (H8565)
Outline of Biblical Usage
1) dragon, serpent, sea monster
a) dragon or dinosaur
b) sea or river monster
c) serpent, venomous snake