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Meaning of DRAKE

Pronunciation:  dreyk, dreyk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  adult male of a wild or domestic duck
  2. [n]  English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (1540-1596)

DRAKE is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: Francis Drake, Sir Francis Drake
 See Also: admiral, duck, full admiral, navigator



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Drake\, n. [Akin to LG. drake, OHG. antrache, anetrecho,
    G. enterich, Icel. andriki, Dan. andrik, OSw. andrak,
    andrage, masc., and fr. AS. ened, fem., duck; akin to D.
    eend, G. ente, Icel. ["o]nd, Dan. and, Sw. and, Lith. antis,
    L. anas, Gr. ? (for ?), and perh. Skr. [=a]ti a water fowl.
    ????. In English the first part of the word was lost. The
    ending is akin to E. rich. Cf. {Gulaund}.]
    1. The male of the duck kind.
    2. [Cf. Dragon fly, under {Dragon}.] The drake fly.
             The drake will mount steeple height into the air.
    {Drake fly}, a kind of fly, sometimes used in angling.
             The dark drake fly, good in August.   --Walton.
  2. \Drake\, n. [AS. draca dragon, L. draco. See {Dragon}.]
    1. A dragon. [Obs.]
             Beowulf resolves to kill the drake.   --J. A.
    2. A small piece of artillery. [Obs.]
             Two or three shots, made at them by a couple of
             drakes, made them stagger.            --Clarendon.
  3. \Drake\, n. [Cf. F. dravik, W. drewg, darnel, cockle,
    Wild oats, brome grass, or darnel grass; -- called also
    {drawk}, {dravick}, and {drank}. [Prov. Eng.] --Dr. Prior.
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