Definition of firedrake in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfī(ə)rˌdrāk/ /ˈfaɪ(ə)rˌdreɪk/


  • (in Germanic mythology) a dragon.

    ‘Billy may have been the size of a small cat, but he still had the appetite of a full sized firedrake.’
    • ‘The firedrake and the maiden act as each other's guardians, as when she peels fruit for ‘his tender fangs.’’
    • ‘A firedrake exploded into view, landing on her shoulder and looking around at all of them.’
    • ‘In the poem, Beowulf fights a firedrake that has been destroying the area.’
    • ‘The firedrake's head snapped round like lightning to face the rattling sound.’


Old English fȳr-draca, from fȳr (see fire) + draca ‘dragon’, from Latin draco.