are beautiful mythical creatures
are many terms used to refer to dragons, and incorrect
terminology is often applied. Wyvern, hydra and
firedrake, in fact completely different species, have
all been mistakenly used. Common names include: orms,
worms, wyrms, serpents, flying-serpents and winged
snakes. Specific types of dragon include Peluda (a
furred dragon that spits water), Tarasque, Guivre and
Gargouille (another water-spouting dragon), one of
which nearly destroyed Rouen in 520 AD), which are all
from France; and Lindorms or Lyndwyrms in England.
Other cultures have thrown up various names, such as
the Persian Musshussu and the Irish Peist.
in the West are, of course, familiar with the
classical form of the common European dragon (Draco
magnificens), a four-legged creature with a tough,
scaly hide, an eagle's talons, a long sinuous tail and
a reptilian snout crowned with a pair of horns. It has
bat-like wings which spring from extended rib bones
just behind the front legs.