A dragon is a creature found in ancient stories across many different cultures.
A dragon is a reptile-like legendary creature that appears in the folklore of many cultures worldwide. Beliefs about dragons vary considerably through regions, but dragons in Western cultures since the High Middle Ages have often been depicted as winged, horned, four-legged, and capable of breathing fire. Dragons in Eastern cultures are usually depicted as wingless, four-legged, serpentine creatures with above-average intelligence.
This means dangerous or unexplored territories. It was a medieval practice to put illustrations of dragons, sea monsters, and other mythological creatures on uncharted areas of maps where potential dangers were thought to exist. Today people may use this expression as a warning that a place or situation is dangerous.
In Greek myths, dragon teeth were a common subject. Their teeth will grow into fully armed warriors after you plant them. “To sow dragon’s teeth” is used as a metaphor to refer to doing something that causes trouble and disagreements.
1. 画龙点睛 to add eyes when painting a dragon
Meaning: doing something so well that it becomes powerful.
2. 卧虎藏龙 crouching tiger, hidden dragon
Meaning: a place or situation that is full of people with unusual talents
3. 龙飞凤舞 The dragon flies and the phoenix dances.
Meaning: A flamboyant style of calligraphy and writing.
4. 龙马精神 A dragon’s and a horse’s spirit.
Meaning: A strong spirit in old age.
5. 鱼龙混杂 A muddled mix of fish and dragons.
Meaning: Crooked people mixed in with honest people.
6. 车水马龙 Carriages like a stream and horses like a dragon.
Meaning: This means heavy traffic, a traffic jam. (Chinese dragons have very long bodies).