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Dragon vs. Drake: Know the Difference

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A dragon is a mythical creature, often large and fire-breathing, while a drake is typically a smaller, dragon-like creature or a male duck.
Dragon vs. Drake

Key Differences

Dragons are legendary creatures, often depicted as large, serpentine, and capable of breathing fire. Drakes, in folklore, are often smaller and less powerful than dragons, sometimes considered as young or less mature dragons.
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In many cultures, dragons symbolize power, wisdom, and often malevolence. Drakes, while similar in appearance to dragons, are usually portrayed as less significant, both in size and mythical power.
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Dragons often feature in folklore and mythology as formidable beasts, central to stories and legends. Drakes, although dragon-like, are less commonly featured in major myths and are often secondary creatures.
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In fantasy literature and media, dragons are usually depicted as intelligent beings, sometimes even capable of speech. Drakes are often shown as less intelligent, more animalistic versions of dragons.
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The term "dragon" has a broad usage, extending into metaphorical contexts, such as describing a fierce person. "Drake" is more narrowly defined, either referring to a specific kind of small dragon or to a male duck in zoological terms.
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Comparison Chart

Size and Power

Large and powerful
Smaller, less powerful
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Cultural Significance

Symbolizes power, wisdom, often fear
Less prominent in myths
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Role in Mythology

Central, often a formidable adversary
Secondary, less featured
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Depiction in Fantasy

Intelligent, sometimes capable of speech
More animalistic, less intelligent
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Metaphorical Use

Used metaphorically to describe fierceness
Rarely used metaphorically, also means male duck
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Dragon and Drake Definitions

Dragon

A large, mythical creature, often fire-breathing.
The knight faced the fearsome dragon in the cave.
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Drake

A smaller, dragon-like creature in mythology.
The forest was said to be home to a family of drakes.
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Dragon

A symbol of power and strength in mythology.
The dragon in the story represented the kingdom's resilience.
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Drake

Sometimes considered a young or immature dragon.
The drake had not yet developed the ability to breathe fire.
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A metaphor for a formidable person or challenge.
She faced her dragons in the form of personal challenges.
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Drake

Less featured in major myths compared to dragons.
The story mentioned a drake as a guardian of the lesser treasure.
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Dragon

A mythical monster traditionally represented as a gigantic reptile having a long tail, sharp claws, scaly skin, and often wings.
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Drake

A male duck.
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Dragon

Any of various lizards, such as the Komodo dragon or the flying lizard.
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Drake

A mayfly used as fishing bait. Also called drake fly.
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Dragon

A fiercely vigilant or intractable person.
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Drake

A male duck.
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Dragon

Something very formidable or dangerous.
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Drake

A mayfly used as fishing bait.
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Dragon

(Archaic) A large snake or serpent.
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Drake

(poetic) A dragon.
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Dragon

A legendary serpentine or reptilian creature.
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Drake

(historical) A small piece of artillery.
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Dragon

In Western mythology, a gigantic beast, typically reptilian with leathery bat-like wings, lion-like claws, scaly skin and a serpent-like body, often a monster with fiery breath.
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Drake

A fiery meteor.
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Dragon

In Eastern mythology, a large, snake-like monster with the eyes of a hare, the horns of a stag and the claws of a tiger, usually beneficent.
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Drake

A beaked galley, or Viking warship.
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Dragon

An animal of various species that resemble a dragon in appearance:
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Drake

The male of the duck kind.
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Dragon

(obsolete) A very large snake; a python.
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Drake

The drake fly.
The drake will mount steeple height into the air.
The dark drake fly, good in August.
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Dragon

Any of various agamid lizards of the genera Draco, Physignathus or Pogona.
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Drake

A dragon.
Beowulf resolves to kill the drake.
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Dragon

A Komodo dragon.
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Drake

A small piece of artillery.
Two or three shots, made at them by a couple of drakes, made them stagger.
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Dragon

The constellation Draco.
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Drake

Wild oats, brome grass, or darnel grass; - called also drawk, dravick, and drank.
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Dragon

(pejorative) A fierce and unpleasant woman; a harridan.
She’s a bit of a dragon.
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Drake

English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (1540-1596)
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Dragon

The (historical) Chinese empire or the People's Republic of China.
Napoleon already warned of the awakening of the Dragon.
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Drake

Adult male of a wild or domestic duck
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Dragon

(figuratively) Something very formidable or dangerous.
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Drake

A male duck in zoological terms.
The drake led its ducklings across the pond.
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Dragon

A type of playing-tile (red dragon, green dragon, white dragon) in the game of mahjong.
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Drake

Often depicted as less intelligent than dragons.
In the tale, the drake was outwitted by the clever fox.
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Dragon

A luminous exhalation from marshy ground, seeming to move through the air like a winged serpent.
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Dragon

A short musket hooked to a swivel attached to a soldier's belt; so called from a representation of a dragon's head at the muzzle.
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Dragon

A background process similar to a daemon.
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Dragon

A variety of carrier pigeon.
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Dragon

(slang) A transvestite man, or more broadly a male-to-female transgender person.
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Dragon

A fabulous animal, generally represented as a monstrous winged serpent or lizard, with a crested head and enormous claws, and regarded as very powerful and ferocious.
The dragons which appear in early paintings and sculptures are invariably representations of a winged crocodile.
Thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.
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Dragon

A fierce, violent person, esp. a woman.
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Dragon

A constellation of the northern hemisphere figured as a dragon; Draco.
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Dragon

A luminous exhalation from marshy grounds, seeming to move through the air as a winged serpent.
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Dragon

A short musket hooked to a swivel attached to a soldier's belt; - so called from a representation of a dragon's head at the muzzle.
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Dragon

A small arboreal lizard of the genus Draco, of several species, found in the East Indies and Southern Asia. Five or six of the hind ribs, on each side, are prolonged and covered with weblike skin, forming a sort of wing. These prolongations aid them in making long leaps from tree to tree. Called also flying lizard.
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Dragon

A variety of carrier pigeon.
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Dragon

A fabulous winged creature, sometimes borne as a charge in a coat of arms.
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Dragon

A creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings
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Dragon

A fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman
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Dragon

A faint constellation twisting around the north celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus
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Dragon

Any of several small tropical Asian lizards capable of gliding by spreading winglike membranes on each side of the body
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Dragon

A creature in folklore, typically fearsome and serpentine.
Legends spoke of a dragon guarding the ancient treasure.
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Dragon

In Eastern cultures, a benevolent and auspicious symbol.
The dragon parade celebrated good fortune and prosperity.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Are dragons always depicted as fire-breathing?

Often, but not always. Some dragons in myths breathe ice or poison.
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Can dragons be benevolent?

Yes, especially in Eastern mythology, where they're seen as wise and kind.
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Is a drake just a young dragon?

In some stories, yes, but it can also be a distinct, smaller species.
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Are drakes featured in major legends?

They're less common than dragons in major myths and legends.
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Do dragons symbolize the same things in all cultures?

No, their symbolism varies widely across different cultures.
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Is a drake always a mythical creature?

No, "drake" can also refer to a male duck.
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Are dragons always large and fearsome?

Typically, but their size and nature can vary in different stories.
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Are dragons intelligent in folklore?

Often, yes. Many tales depict them as wise and capable of speech.
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Do drakes breathe fire like dragons?

Sometimes, but they're generally depicted as having weaker abilities.
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Can a drake be a protagonist in stories?

Yes, but they're more commonly side characters or lesser figures.
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Do drakes play significant roles in Eastern mythology?

They're more common in Western folklore and less prominent in Eastern myths.
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Are drakes ever used metaphorically like dragons?

Rarely. They're less common in metaphors and symbolism.
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Is the dragon a universal myth?

Dragons appear in many cultures worldwide, with varying characteristics.
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Do all cultures have myths of dragons?

Most cultures have some form of dragon or serpent-like creature in their mythology.
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Do dragons have a consistent appearance?

Their appearance varies, but they're often serpentine or reptilian.
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Are dragons always antagonists?

No, they can be protagonists, guides, or neutral beings in stories.
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Is the term "drake" ever used outside of mythology?

Yes, in zoology, it's used to refer to a male duck.
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Are drakes ever benevolent?

In some stories, yes, though they're less often central figures.
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Can dragons be defeated in myths?

Yes, many stories involve heroes vanquishing dragons.
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Can drakes exist in stories without dragons?

Yes, though they're often associated with or compared to dragons.
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