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FLA’PDRAGON. n.s.

flapdragon-ns

FLA’PDRAGON. n.s. [from a dragon supposed to breathe fire.]
I. A play in which they catch raisins out of burning brandy,
and, extinguishing them by closing the mouth, eat them.
2. The thing eaten at flapdragon.
He plays at quoits well, and eats conger and fennel, and
drinks candles ends for flapdragons, and rides the wild mare
with the boys. Shakespeare’s Henry IV. p. ii.