DRAGON
A dragon is typically referred to as a winged, giant lizard in fiction or animation. There are many types, or kinds of dragons. There's the European Dragon, Chinese Dragon, Wyvern, Firedrake...etc. The term dragon originates from the Greek word "drakon," meaning: "Dragon, Serpent of huge size, water-snake." In modern times, dragons are usually shown as a snake with lizard type legs, and the ability to breath fire. In the old English peom, Beowulf, the poet describes dragons as fire breathing, and very poisonous. There were many modern animals that may have inspired the idea that dragons were real or at one point existed, such as the Nile Crocodile, whale skeletons, and many ancient fossils. There were many other dragon accounts, such as in Ancient Greece, when Hercules battled and killed the Hydra, described as a 7 headed dragon-like monster, that when one head was cut off, 2 instantly grew back. Also, in the Jewish Book of Isiah, Psalm 89 refers to a sea-demon called Rahab, often described as a dragon like beast.



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This picture and the one below it is the dragon Saphira from the Eragon series.


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