and tail; from which resemblance the denomination arises. Encyc. Brit. - - Dragon shell (Zoöl.),
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 Dragon's wort (Bot.),
a plant of the genus Artemisia (A. dracunculus). Dragon tree (Bot.), a West African liliaceous tree
(Dracæna Draco), yielding one of the resins called dragon's blood. See Dracæna. Dragon water, a
medicinal remedy very popular in the earlier half of the 17th century. "Dragon water may do good upon
him." Randolph Flying dragon, a large meteoric fireball; a bolide.
1. A little dragon. Spenser.
2. (Zoöl.) A small British marine fish (Callionymuslyra); called also yellow sculpin, fox, and gowdie.
(Drag"on*ish), a. resembling a dragon. Shak.
(Drag"on*like`) a. Like a dragon. Shak.
(Drag`on*nade") n. [F., fr. dragon dragoon, because Louis XIV., in persecuting the Protestants
of his kingdom, quartered dragoons upon them.] The severe persecution of French Protestants under
Louis XIV., by an armed force, usually of dragoons; hence, a rapid and devastating incursion; dragoonade.
He learnt it as he watched the dragonnades, the tortures, the massacres of the Netherlands.C. Kingsley.
(Drag"on's blood, Drag"on's head), Drag"on's tail. See Dragon's blood, Dragon's
head, etc., under Dragon.
(Dra*goon") n. [F. dragon dragon, dragoon, fr. L. draco dragon, also, a cohort's standard The
name was given from the sense standard. See Dragon.]
1. ((Mil.) Formerly, a soldier who was taught and armed to serve either on horseback or on foot; now, a
mounted soldier; a cavalry man.
2. A variety of pigeon. Clarke.
Dragoon bird (Zoöl.), the umbrella bird.
(Dra*goon"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dragooned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dragooning.]
1. To harass or reduce to subjection by dragoons; to persecute by abandoning a place to the rage of
2. To compel submission by violent measures; to harass; to persecute.
The colonies may be influenced to anything, but they can be dragooned to nothing.Price.
Lewis the Fourteenth is justly censured for trying to dragoon his subjects to heaven.Macaulay.