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The word drac, from the Latindraco, means " dragon" or " devil" in several languages, such as Catalan and Romanian.

Drac, Dracs or DRAC may also refer to:

Drac (river)

The Drac is a long river in southeastern France. It is a left tributary of the river Isère. It is formed at the confluence of the Drac Noir and the Drac Blanc, that both rise in the southern part of the Massif des Écrins, high in the French Alps. It flows through several reservoirs on its course, including the Lac de Monteynard-Avignonet. It flows into the Isère at Grenoble. Its major tributary is the Romanche.

The Drac flows through the following départements and towns:

  • Hautes-Alpes: Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur
  • Isère: Corps, Grenoble

The average flow of the Drac at Fontaine is , with the highest monthly flows occurring in June, due to the melting of Alpine glaciers. The catchment area of the river is , which has an average rainfall of .

The name Drac, originally the Drau, is due to an attraction by the occitan drac "imp", which is derived from the Latin dracō, meaning "Dragon". It is documented in the forms of Dracum (v. 1100), Dravus (1289) and the ribière dou Drau (1545). The word "Drac" means Dragon. In many legends the drac, in Occitan, is a genius of evil waters or a form of Satan that attracts children to drown. Frédéric Mistral wrote in Félibrige Treasury:

In December 1995, six children and their teacher were drowned in the river after the level of water rose due to the opening of the valves of a dam. They were there to see beavers. All of them died.

Usage examples of "drac".

Drac slipping into a totally clueless country full of porky people with good veins and all that.

Partly because of the manner in which Ambassador Fas Doonar had allowed Force Leader Hakk Batth to be killed within the Drac embassy, partly because of a lack of support during the last few weeks, but mostly because the gassers were the only off-worlders with a ship in orbit.

To the Dracs Princess Sena was a wheyfaced nothing, without a drop of blood in her.