A large meteor which burns or glows brightly on entering the earth's atmosphere; a fireball. Compare "firedrake".
draco volans/ˌdreɪkəʊ ˈvəʊlənz/ /ˌdreɪkəʊ ˈvɒlanz/
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Gideon Harvey (c1636–?1702), physician. From post-classical Latin draco volans large meteor, lit. ‘flying dragon’ from classical Latin dracō + volāns, present participle of volāre to fly.