1. [syn: green dragon, Arisaema dracontium]
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
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.
2. Having a sickly color; wan.
To look so green and pale. --Shak.
3. Full of life and vigor; fresh and vigorous; new; recent;
as, a green manhood; a green wound.
As valid against such an old and beneficent
government as against . . . the greenest usurpation.
4. Not ripe; immature; not fully grown or ripened; as, green
fruit, corn, vegetables, etc.
5. Not roasted; half raw. [R.]
We say the meat is green when half roasted. --L.
6. Immature in age, judgment, or experience; inexperienced;
young; raw; not trained; awkward; as, green in years or
I might be angry with the officious zeal which
supposes that its green conceptions can instruct my
gray hairs. --Sir W.
7. Not seasoned; not dry; containing its natural juices; as,
green wood, timber, etc. --Shak.
8. (Politics) Concerned especially with protection of the
enviroment; -- of political parties and political
philosophies; as, the European green parties.
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
Green crop, a crop used for food while in a growing or
unripe state, as distingushed from a grain crop, root
Green diallage. (Min.)
(a) Diallage, a variety of pyroxene.
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.
(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.
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
Green salt of Magnus (Old Chem.), a dark green crystalline
salt, consisting of ammonia united with certain chlorides
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
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
(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
Green ware, articles of pottery molded and shaped, but not
Green woodpecker (Zool.), a common European woodpecker
(Picus viridis); -- called also yaffle.
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
The dragons which appear in early paintings and
sculptures are invariably representations of a
winged crocodile. --Fairholt.
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.
Thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the
waters. -- Ps. lxxiv.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the
young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample
under feet. -- Ps. xci.
He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent,
which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a
thousand years. --Rev. xx. 2.
2. A fierce, violent person, esp. a woman. --Johnson.
3. (Astron.) A constellation of the northern hemisphere
figured as a dragon; Draco.
4. A luminous exhalation from marshy grounds, seeming to move
through the air as a winged serpent.
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.
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.
7. (Zool.) A variety of carrier pigeon.
8. (Her.) A fabulous winged creature, sometimes borne as a
charge in a coat of arms.
Note: Dragon is often used adjectively, or in combination, in
the sense of relating to, resembling, or characteristic
of, a dragon.
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
(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.
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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: early spring-flowering plant of eastern North America
resembling the related jack-in-the-pulpit but having
digitate leaves, slender greenish yellow spathe and
elongated spadix [syn: green dragon, Arisaema