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A fire-breathing dragon of Germanic mythology.

[Middle English firdrake, from Old English fȳrdraca : fȳr, fire; see fire + draca, dragon; see drake2.]
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(ˈfaɪəˌdreɪk) or


(European Myth & Legend) myth a fire-breathing dragon
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a fire-breathing dragon of mythology.
[before 900; Middle English fyrdrake, Old English fȳrdraca=fȳr fire + draca dragon< Latin dracō]
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Noun1.firedrake - a creature of Teutonic mythologyfiredrake - a creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
wivern, wyvern - a fire-breathing dragon used in medieval heraldry; had the head of a dragon and the tail of a snake and a body with wings and two legs
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