Definition of Draco

1. Noun. Athenian lawmaker whose code of laws prescribed death for almost every offense (circa 7th century BC).

Generic synonyms: Athenian, Lawgiver, Lawmaker
Derivative terms: Draconian

2. Noun. A faint constellation twisting around the north celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus.
Exact synonyms: Dragon
Generic synonyms: Constellation

3. Noun. A reptile genus known as flying dragons or flying lizards.
Exact synonyms: Genus Draco
Generic synonyms: Reptile Genus
Group relationships: Agamidae, Family Agamidae
Member holonyms: Dragon, Flying Dragon, Flying Lizard

Definition of Draco

1. n. The Dragon, a northern constellation within which is the north pole of the ecliptic.

Definition of Draco

1. Proper noun. (constellation) A circumpolar constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a dragon. It features a line of stars (including Thuban) that winds between Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. ¹

2. Proper noun. The name of an Athenian lawgiver, known for the severity of his laws. ¹

3. Proper noun. (Greek mythology) One of Actaeon's hounds. ¹

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Medical Definition of Draco

1. 1. The Dragon, a northern constellation within which is the north pole of the ecliptic. 2. A luminous exhalation from marshy grounds. 3. A genus of lizards. See Dragon. Origin: L. See Dragon. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Draco

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1. The Historians' History of the World: A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise by Henry Smith Williams (1904)
"On the other hand, draco undoubtedly framed his code as much as possible in conformity ... Aristotle observes that draco made no change in the constitution ..."

2. The Constitutional Antiquities of Sparta and Athens by Gustav Gilbert (1895)
"For whereas the Areopagus before draco, and Areopagus. ... by draco, because he ascribes to Solon the establishment of a second ..."

3. Pausaniae Descriptio Graeciae by Pausanias, Johann Heinrich Christian Schubart (1875)
"... 1 29 4. draco viae dux 884. urbis ... tur viri 9 10 1. in draconem conversus puer 6 20 5. draco Minerva» ..."

4. The British Essayists;: With Prefaces, Historical and Biographical, by Alexander Chalmers (1807)
"The rigour of draco impresses us with a high idea of his purity of principle; his abhorrence of ... draco seems to hare considered the commission of crimes, ..."

5. A Source Book of Greek History by Fred Morrow Fling (1907)
"What, according to Aristotle, were the two bad features of Athenian society before the time of draco? 2. Who were the principal officers and what were their ..."

6. Elements of History, Ancient and Modern by Joseph Emerson Worcester (1871)
"SECTION VI Athens : Codrus : draco : Solon and his Institutions : Pisis trains: ... draco being asked why he was so severe in his punishments, replied, ..."

7. A Text-book of Zoology by Thomas Jeffery Parker, William Aitcheson Haswell (1921)
"The Flying Lizards (draco, Fig. 1019) are arboreal, and make use of their wings—or, ... draco volant, x |. (From the Cambridge Natural History. ..."

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