fire·​drake ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌdrāk How to pronounce firedrake (audio)
: a fire-breathing dragon especially in Germanic mythology

Word History


Middle English firdrake, from Old English fȳrdraca, from fȳr + draca dragon, from Latin draco — more at dragon

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of firedrake was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Firedrake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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