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n. — a type of carbine or musket
— a cavalry soldier armed with that type of musket
fm. French, dragon, as in a fire-breather. Get it?
Like grenadier and fusilier (or, for that matter, musketeer), dragoon has lost the specificity of its meaning and now refers to specific units holding onto a historical name. Dragoons have a particular reputation of being fierce and rough fighters.
inspiration. the third evocative soldier name that came to me
featured image. uniform of the 1st Royal Dragoons, from Historical Record of the First, or the Royal Regiment of Dragoons. London: Longman, Orme, and Co., 1840. p. 116.