1. The male of the duck kind.

2. [Cf. Dragon fly, under Dragon] The drake fly. "The drake will mount steeple height into the air." (Walton) Drake fly, a kind of fly, sometimes used in angling. "The dark drake fly, good in August." (Walton)

Origin: Akin to LG. Drake, OHG. Antrache, anetrecho, G. Enterich, Icel. Andriki, Dan. Andrik, OSw. Andrak, andrage, masc, and fr. AS. Ened, fem, duck; akin to D. Eend, G. Ente, Icel. Ond, Dan. And, Sw. And, Lith. Antis, L. Anas, Gr. (for), and perh. Skr. Ati a water fowl. In English the first part of the word was lost. The ending is akin to E. Rich. Cf. Gulaund.

(01 Mar 1998)

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