A dragon is a legendary creature, typically scaled or fire-spewing and with serpentine, reptilian or avian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures around world.
- The two most well-known cultural traditions of dragon are
- The Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan (namely the Japanese dragon), Korea and other East Asian and South Asian countries. Most are depicted as serpentine creatures with above-average intelligence, and are quadrupeds (four legs and wingless).
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 and Latin word draco derive from Greek δράκων (drákōn), “dragon, serpent of huge size, water-snake”.
Despite the verbal similarity, the term “Draconian” does not refer to Dragons, but to the Athenian law scribe Draco.