dragonet [drag-uh-net, drag-uh-nit] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. any fish of the genus Callionymus, the species of which are small and usually brightly colored.

Origin of dragonet 1300–50; Middle English Middle French; see dragon, -et Examples from the Web for dragonet Historical Examples of dragonet

  • A name in the Frith of Forth for the dragonet or gowdie (Callionymus lyra).

    The Sailor’s Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Dragonet, the common name of small marine fishes constituting a special family (Callionymid).

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia


  • As to the dragonet, he stuck out his nose, fixed his eyes, and fell a-thinking.

    Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men

    Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing

  • British Dictionary definitions for dragonet dragonet noun

    1. any small spiny-finned fish of the family Callionymidae, having a flat head and a slender tapering brightly coloured body and living at the bottom of shallow seas

    Word Origin for dragonet C14 (meaning: small dragon): from French; applied to fish C18

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