1. Chanh Nguyen New Member

    Hello! A client of mine wants a tattoo in Latin which means "The Mini Dragon" but I told him "The Humble Dragon" or "The Gentle Dragon" would be safer and 'joke-proof'. He hadn't decided yet so I would like translations of these three just in case. I would also love to know the female/neuter version of the translations. Thank you in advance!
    P.S: What kind of dragon would you like to be?
  2. Issacus Divus Sunu Reordcyningas

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    There's actually a perfect Latin word for "Mini Dragon", dracunculus.

    "The humble dragon" can be draco humilis, and "the gentle dragon" can be draco lenis.
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  3. scrabulista Consul

    • Consul
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    Is draco masculine or epicene?
    I was thinking a possible translation for "feminine mini-dragon" would be dracula. Of course that wouldn't be joke-proof.
    It doesn't look like dracuncula is attested.

    It appears that in Romanian, the -a ending is masculine:
    https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=dracula

    anguis is "snake," but can be translated "dragon," and it's common gender (either m. or f.)
    An attested feminine diminutive is anguilla, although WORDS gives the meaning of that one as "eel," or "slippery fellow" (but still grammatically feminine)

    I doubt a grammatically neuter version is attested.

    The above draco humilis or draco lenis works for m. or f.
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  4. scrabulista Consul

    • Consul
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    It appears that draco is indeed masculine and not epicene. The feminine of draco is dracaena.

    https://www.thelatinlibrary.com/isidore/12.shtml

    (patterned after leaena = "lioness" from leo = "lion.", although leo femina and lea were also used to indicate a lioness).
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  5. Issacus Divus Sunu Reordcyningas

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    That is interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever seen dracaena.
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  6. Issacus Divus Sunu Reordcyningas

    • Civis Illustris
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    Or leaena.
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  7. Bitmap Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
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    It doesn't seem to be attested in the literature we have.


    That word occurs more often, e.g. in the story of Pyramus and Thisbe.
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  8. scrabulista Consul

    • Consul
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