Words pertaining to Dragons
- drakon (δράκων) - a dragon, serpent of great size
- drakaina (δράκαινα) - a she-dragon
- hydra (ὕδρα) - a water serpent; specifically, the Lernaean Hydra
- python (πύθων) - a great serpent; specifically, the mythological creature slain by Apollo
- peloros (πέλωρος) - monstrous, huge
- pyrpnous (πύρπνους) - firebreathing (not necessarily related to the dragons in Greek myth)
- draco - a dragon, serpent
- dracōnigena - dragon-born
- hydrus - a water serpent, serpent; as seen above
- sinuōsus - serpentine, winding, bent
- ālātus - winged, having wings (again, not necessarily common of Classical dragons)
- pistris - any sea monster, a whale
Two important notes about δράκαινα:
- It’s actually anglicized “drakaina" (the plural is δράκαιναι/drakainai).
- It doesn’t just mean “she-dragon”; the δράκαιναι were monsters who were part serpent. They typically had female features, often a female head and torso with a snake’s lower body.
Oops, the drakania/drakaina mix-up was definitely a typo on my part. Thanks for the info!
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