Origin of drakeMiddle English from West Germanic an unverified form drako, male, as in Old High German anutrehho, literally , duck-male
- a small cannon of the 17th and 18th cent.
- Obs. a dragon
Origin of drakeME, dragon from Old English draca from Classical Latin draco, dragon
Origin of drakeMiddle English
Origin of drakeMiddle English dragon from Old English draca from West Germanic drako from Latin dracō ; see dragon .
From Middle English drake (“male duck, drake”), from Old English *draca, abbreviated form for Old English *andraca (“male duck, drake”, literally “duck-king”), from Proto-Germanic *anudrekô (“duck leader”), from Proto-Germanic *anudz ("duck, ennet"; see ennet) + Proto-Germanic *rekô (“ruler, king”), from Proto-Indo-European *reǵ- (“chief, king”). Cognate with Middle Dutch andrake (“drake”), Middle Low German āntreke, āntdrāke, ("male duck, drake"; > Low German drake (“drake”)), Old High German anutrehho, antrache ("male duck, drake"; > German Enterich (“drake”)), Swabian Antrech (“drake”), German dialectal Drache (“drake”). More at ennet.
From Middle English drake (“dragon; Satan”), Old English draca (“dragon, sea monster, huge serpent”), from Proto-Germanic *drakô (“dragon”), from Latin dracō (“dragon”), from Ancient Greek δράκων (drakon, “serpent, giant seafish”), from δρακεῖν (drakein), aorist active infinitive of δέρκομαι (derkomai, “I see clearly”), from Proto-Indo-European *derk-. Compare Middle Dutch drake and German Drache.
- A surname, notably of Francis Drake (1540-1596).
- A male given name, transferred from the surname.
Originally a nickname from Old English Draca (“snake,dragon”) or Middle English drake (“male duck”).
- He took the same route as Drake along the west coast of America.
- The lower Colorado river was discovered in 1540, but the explorers did not penetrate California; in 1542-1543 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo explored at least the southern coast; in 1579 Sir Francis Drake repaired his ships in some Californian port (almost certainly not San Francisco Bay), and named the land New Albion; two Philippine ships visited the coast in 1584 and 1595, and in 1602 and 1603 Sebastian Vizcaino discovered the sites of San Diego and Monterey.
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- It took the better part of forty-five minutes to reach Drake Field.
- Drake, Unexplored Syria (1872); G.