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 Drag’onades (3 syl.).Drake 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dragoons.
 
So called because they used to be armed with dragons, i.e. short muskets, which spouted out fire like the fabulous beast so named. The head of a dragon was wrought on the muzzle of these muskets.   1
 


 Drag’onades (3 syl.).Drake 

 
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