dragon root


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Green \Green\ (gr[=e]n), a. [Compar. Greener (gr[=e]n"[~e]r);
   superl. Greenest.] [OE. grene, AS. gr[=e]ne; akin to D.
   groen, OS. gr[=o]ni, OHG. gruoni, G. gr["u]n, Dan. & Sw.
   gr["o]n, Icel. gr[ae]nn; fr. the root of E. grow. See
   Grow.]
   1. Having the color of grass when fresh and growing;
      resembling that color of the solar spectrum which is
      between the yellow and the blue; verdant; emerald.
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   2. Having a sickly color; wan.
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            To look so green and pale.            --Shak.
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   3. Full of life and vigor; fresh and vigorous; new; recent;
      as, a green manhood; a green wound.
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            As valid against such an old and beneficent
            government as against . . . the greenest usurpation.
                                                  --Burke.
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   4. Not ripe; immature; not fully grown or ripened; as, green
      fruit, corn, vegetables, etc.
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   5. Not roasted; half raw. [R.]
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            We say the meat is green when half roasted. --L.
                                                  Watts.
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   6. Immature in age, judgment, or experience; inexperienced;
      young; raw; not trained; awkward; as, green in years or
      judgment.
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            I might be angry with the officious zeal which
            supposes that its green conceptions can instruct my
            gray hairs.                           --Sir W.
                                                  Scott.
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   7. Not seasoned; not dry; containing its natural juices; as,
      green wood, timber, etc. --Shak.
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   8. (Politics) Concerned especially with protection of the
      enviroment; -- of political parties and political
      philosophies; as, the European green parties.
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   Green brier (Bot.), a thorny climbing shrub ({Emilaz
      rotundifolia}) having a yellowish green stem and thick
      leaves, with small clusters of flowers, common in the
      United States; -- called also cat brier.

   Green con (Zool.), the pollock.

   Green crab (Zool.), an edible, shore crab ({Carcinus
      menas}) of Europe and America; -- in New England locally
      named joe-rocker.

   Green crop, a crop used for food while in a growing or
      unripe state, as distingushed from a grain crop, root
      crop, etc.

   Green diallage. (Min.)
      (a) Diallage, a variety of pyroxene.
      (b) Smaragdite.

   Green dragon (Bot.), a North American herbaceous plant
      (Aris[ae]ma Dracontium), resembling the Indian turnip;
      -- called also dragon root.

   Green earth (Min.), a variety of glauconite, found in
      cavities in amygdaloid and other eruptive rock, and used
      as a pigment by artists; -- called also mountain green.
      

   Green ebony.
      (a) A south American tree (Jacaranda ovalifolia), having
          a greenish wood, used for rulers, turned and inlaid
          work, and in dyeing.
      (b) The West Indian green ebony. See Ebony.

   Green fire (Pyrotech.), a composition which burns with a
      green flame. It consists of sulphur and potassium
      chlorate, with some salt of barium (usually the nitrate),
      to which the color of the flame is due.

   Green fly (Zool.), any green species of plant lice or
      aphids, esp. those that infest greenhouse plants.

   Green gage, (Bot.) See Greengage, in the Vocabulary.

   Green gland (Zool.), one of a pair of large green glands in
      Crustacea, supposed to serve as kidneys. They have their
      outlets at the bases of the larger antenn[ae].

   Green hand, a novice. [Colloq.]

   Green heart (Bot.), the wood of a lauraceous tree found in
      the West Indies and in South America, used for
      shipbuilding or turnery. The green heart of Jamaica and
      Guiana is the Nectandra Rodi[oe]i, that of Martinique is
      the Colubrina ferruginosa.

   Green iron ore (Min.) dufrenite.

   Green laver (Bot.), an edible seaweed (Ulva latissima);
      -- called also green sloke.

   Green lead ore (Min.), pyromorphite.

   Green linnet (Zool.), the greenfinch.

   Green looper (Zool.), the cankerworm.

   Green marble (Min.), serpentine.

   Green mineral, a carbonate of copper, used as a pigment.
      See Greengill.

   Green monkey (Zool.) a West African long-tailed monkey
      (Cercopithecus callitrichus), very commonly tamed, and
      trained to perform tricks. It was introduced into the West
      Indies early in the last century, and has become very
      abundant there.

   Green salt of Magnus (Old Chem.), a dark green crystalline
      salt, consisting of ammonia united with certain chlorides
      of platinum.

   Green sand (Founding) molding sand used for a mold while
      slightly damp, and not dried before the cast is made.

   Green sea (Naut.), a wave that breaks in a solid mass on a
      vessel's deck.

   Green sickness (Med.), chlorosis.

   Green snake (Zool.), one of two harmless American snakes
      (Cyclophis vernalis, and C. [ae]stivus). They are
      bright green in color.

   Green turtle (Zool.), an edible marine turtle. See
      Turtle.

   Green vitriol.
      (a) (Chem.) Sulphate of iron; a light green crystalline
          substance, very extensively used in the preparation of
          inks, dyes, mordants, etc.
      (b) (Min.) Same as copperas, melanterite and {sulphate
          of iron}.

   Green ware, articles of pottery molded and shaped, but not
      yet baked.

   Green woodpecker (Zool.), a common European woodpecker
      (Picus viridis); -- called also yaffle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

dragon \drag"on\ (dr[a^]g"[u^]n), n. [F. dragon, L. draco, fr.
   Gr. dra`kwn, prob. fr. de`rkesqai, dra`kein, to look (akin to
   Skr. dar[,c] to see), and so called from its terrible eyes.
   Cf. Drake a dragon, Dragoon.]
   1. (Myth.) A fabulous animal, generally represented as a
      monstrous winged serpent or lizard, with a crested head
      and enormous claws, and regarded as very powerful and
      ferocious.
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            The dragons which appear in early paintings and
            sculptures are invariably representations of a
            winged crocodile.                     --Fairholt.
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   Note: In Scripture the term dragon refers to any great
         monster, whether of the land or sea, usually to some
         kind of serpent or reptile, sometimes to land serpents
         of a powerful and deadly kind. It is also applied
         metaphorically to Satan.
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               Thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the
               waters.                            -- Ps. lxxiv.
                                                  13.
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               Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the
               young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample
               under feet.                        -- Ps. xci.
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               He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent,
               which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a
               thousand years.                    --Rev. xx. 2.
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   2. A fierce, violent person, esp. a woman. --Johnson.
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   3. (Astron.) A constellation of the northern hemisphere
      figured as a dragon; Draco.
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   4. A luminous exhalation from marshy grounds, seeming to move
      through the air as a winged serpent.
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   5. (Mil. Antiq.) A short musket hooked to a swivel attached
      to a soldier's belt; -- so called from a representation of
      a dragon's head at the muzzle. --Fairholt.
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   6. (Zool.) A small arboreal lizard of the genus Draco, of
      several species, found in the East Indies and Southern
      Asia. Five or six of the hind ribs, on each side, are
      prolonged and covered with weblike skin, forming a sort of
      wing. These prolongations aid them in making long leaps
      from tree to tree. Called also flying lizard.
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   7. (Zool.) A variety of carrier pigeon.
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   8. (Her.) A fabulous winged creature, sometimes borne as a
      charge in a coat of arms.
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   Note: Dragon is often used adjectively, or in combination, in
         the sense of relating to, resembling, or characteristic
         of, a dragon.
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   Dragon arum (Bot.), the name of several species of
      Aris[ae]ma, a genus of plants having a spathe and
      spadix. See Dragon root(below).

   Dragon fish (Zool.), the dragonet.

   Dragon fly (Zool.), any insect of the family
      Libellulid[ae]. They have finely formed, large and
      strongly reticulated wings, a large head with enormous
      eyes, and a long body; -- called also mosquito hawks.
      Their larv[ae] are aquatic and insectivorous.

   Dragon root (Bot.), an American aroid plant ({Aris[ae]ma
      Dracontium}); green dragon.

   Dragon's blood, a resinous substance obtained from the
      fruit of several species of Calamus, esp. from {Calamus
      Rotang} and Calamus Draco, growing in the East Indies. A
      substance known as dragon's blood is obtained by exudation
      from Drac[ae]na Draco; also from Pterocarpus Draco, a
      tree of the West Indies and South America. The color is
      red, or a dark brownish red, and it is used chiefly for
      coloring varnishes, marbles, etc. Called also {Cinnabar
      Gr[ae]corum}.

   Dragon's head.
      (a) (Bot.) A plant of several species of the genus
          Dracocephalum. They are perennial herbs closely
          allied to the common catnip.
      (b) (Astron.) The ascending node of a planet, indicated,
          chiefly in almanacs, by the symbol ?. The deviation
          from the ecliptic made by a planet in passing from one
          node to the other seems, according to the fancy of
          some, to make a figure like that of a dragon, whose
          belly is where there is the greatest latitude; the
          intersections representing the head and tail; -- from
          which resemblance the denomination arises. --Encyc.
          Brit.

   Dragon shell (Zool.), a species of limpet.

   Dragon's skin, fossil stems whose leaf scars somewhat
      resemble the scales of reptiles; -- a name used by miners
      and quarrymen. --Stormonth.

   Dragon's tail (Astron.), the descending node of a planet,
      indicated by the symbol ?. See Dragon's head (above).

   Dragon's wort (Bot.), a plant of the genus Artemisia
      (Artemisia dracunculus).

   Dragon tree (Bot.), a West African liliaceous tree
      (Drac[ae]na Draco), yielding one of the resins called
      dragon's blood. See Drac[ae]na.

   Dragon water, a medicinal remedy very popular in the
      earlier half of the 17th century. "Dragon water may do
      good upon him." --Randolph (1640).

   Flying dragon, a large meteoric fireball; a bolide.
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