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This article is about the legendary creature. For other uses, see Dragon (disambiguation).
Sculpture of Mario the Magnificent, dragon mascot of Drexel University, US.
Mythology Europe and East Asia
Habitat Mountains, seas, skies
Similar creatures Sirrush, Basilisk, Wyvern, Qilin
Carved imperial Chinese dragons at Nine-Dragon Wall, Beihai Park, Beijing
Dragon effigy, the Graoully, in Metz, France
A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries.
The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each other to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries. The English word "dragon" derives from Greek δράκων (drákōn), "dragon, serpent of huge size, water-snake".
3 Comparative mythology
4 Near Eastern and European
4.1 Greek mythology
4.2.1 Slavic dragon
4.3 Ancient India
5 East and Southeast Asian
5.1 Chinese dragon
6 Modern depictions
7 Animals that may have inspired dragons
9 See also
12 External links
Dragon head on a roof of a temple in Taiwan
The word dragon entered the English language in the early 13th century from Old French dragon, which in turn comes from Latin draconem (nominative draco) meaning "huge serpent, dragon," from the Greek word δράκων, drakon (genitive drakontos, δράκοντος) "serpent, giant seafish". The Greek and Latin term referred to any great serpent, not necessarily