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The dragon is a legendary creature belonging to the world of mythology, storytelling, and fantasy. There are stories about dragons in Chinese culture, European culture, South American culture, and many others.

Dragons can look like dinosaurs and other extinct animals. Because of that, it is easy to think that those animals might have been an example for dragons as they were thought of in the history of humankind.

There are many kinds of dragons in different cultures. Usually, people think of dragons in these ways:

  • A dragon has zero to four legs, claws, scales, and possibly spikes. They sometimes have wings.
  • A dragon can look like a snake with wings or like lizards.
  • A dragon has a tail and a long neck.
  • A dragon has a wide mouth with big and dangerous teeth.
  • A dragon sometimes has horns and hair.
  • A dragon can fly.
  • A dragon can breathe fire (or other dangerous substances).
  • A dragon has special powers.
  • Some dragons live in caves.

In stories such as The Hobbit or Beowulf, dragons are dangerous and attack humans. Other stories, such as those by Anne McCaffrey, have dragons who are looking for help or giving help. A dragon also appears in the Book of Revelation chapters 12-13, where he is seen as the Devil.

Interesting facts about dragons

  • In China, dragons symbolize wealth, power, and leadership.
  • Chinese emperors were believed to be descendants of dragons.
  • A little dragon is called a "dragonet."
  • In mythology, a female dragon is called a drakaina, which is the female form of the ancient Greek word for dragon, drakon.
  • In the Harry Potter world, a wizard or witch who trades and sells dragon eggs is called a dragon dealer. It is illegal to trade and sell dragon eggs.
  • Some Viking longships had carvings of dragon heads on their prows (fronts). The Vikings called these ships "drakkar," or "dragon ships."
  • Red-colored stones are sometimes called "dragon stones" because they were believed to be hardened lumps of dragon blood.
  • The Uroboros, or tail-biting dragon, symbolizes the eternal circle of life. It is also an important symbol for medieval alchemists.
  • People who study dragons are called dragonologists.

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