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. ond, Dan. and, Sw. and, Lith. antis, L. anas, Gr. (for ), and perh. Skr. ati a water fowl. . In English the first part of the word was lost. The ending is akin to E. rich. Cf. Gulaund.]


The male of the duck kind.

2. [Cf. Dragon fly, under Dragon.]

The drake fly.

The drake will mount steeple height into the air. Walton.

Drake fly, a kind of fly, sometimes used in angling.

The dark drake fly, good in August. Walton.


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Drake, n. [AS. draca dragon, L. draco. See Dragon.]


A dragon.


Beowulf resolves to kill the drake. J. A. Harrison (Beowulf).


A small piece of artillery.


Two or three shots, made at them by a couple of drakes, made them stagger. Clarendon.


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Drake, n. [Cf. F. dravik, W. drewg, darnel, cockle, etc.]

Wild oats, brome grass, or darnel grass; -- called also drawk, dravick, and drank.

[Prov. Eng.]

Dr. Prior.


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