basilisk definition

  • noun:
    • A legendary serpent or dragon with deadly air and glance.
    • Any of various tropical United states lizards regarding the genus Basiliscus, characterized by a crest on head, right back, and end and the capacity to operate on the hind feet.
    • A mythical (and heraldic) snake-like dragon kind, reputed to-be so venomous that its look was dangerous.
    • In heraldry, a kind of dragon
    • A treedwelling types of lizard, of genus Basiliscus.
    • A type of large brass cannon.
    • the perfect serpent, or dragon. The ancients alleged that its hissing would drive away all the serpents, which its breathing, plus its look, ended up being fatal. See cockatrice.
    • A lizard for the genus Basiliscus, belonging to the family members Iguanidæ.
    • a sizable little bit of ordnance, so-called from its supposed resemblance into serpent of that name, or from its size.
    • A fabulous animal formerly considered to occur, variously viewed as some sort of serpent, lizard, or dragon, and quite often identified using the cockatrice.
    • In herpetology, a lizard associated with old genus Basiliscus (which see) in widest feeling.
    • In ornithology, the golden-crested wren or kinglet. See basiliscus, 2.
    • A large little bit of ordnance: so called from the destructive power.
    • ancient brass cannon
    • little crested arboreal lizard able to run-on its hind feet; of tropical America
    • (ancient mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) able to kill with its breathing or glance
  • others:
    • with respect to or attribute for the basilisk: because, a basilisk attention or appearance (a-sharp, penetrating,malignant attention or appearance, like this attributed to the basilisk).

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