meaning of basilisk

basilisk meaning in General Dictionary

a wonderful serpent or dragon The ancients alleged that its hissing would drive away all the other serpents and that its breathing as well as its look was fatal See Cockatrice

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  • (ancient mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) capable kill using its breathing or glimpse
  • ancient metal cannon
  • tiny crested arboreal lizard capable run-on its hind feet; of tropical America
  • a wonderful serpent, or dragon. The ancients alleged that its hissing would drive away all the serpents, and therefore its breath, and even its look, had been fatal. See Cockatrice.
  • A lizard for the genus Basiliscus, of the family Iguanidae.
  • a sizable piece of ordnance, so named from the expected resemblance towards serpent of that title, or from its size.

basilisk meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Latin basiliscus, from Greek basiliskos "little king," diminutive of basileus "king" (see Basil); stated by Pliny to have already been so named because of a crest or spot-on its mind resembling a crown.The basilisk features considering that the fourteenth century been confused with the Cockatrice, therefore the subject is currently an intricate one. [T.H. White, "The Bestiary. A novel of Beasts," 1954]Its breath and look were reported to be fatal. The Southern United states lizard so named (1813) given that it, just like the mythical creature, has a crest. In addition made use of of a form of big cannon, throwing chance of 200 lb., from 1540s.


basilisk - German to English

basilisk

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  • basilisk [brass canon]
  • cockatrice

basilisk meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A lizard of genus Basiliscus, of the household Iguanidae.

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  • (n.) A sizable little bit of ordnance, so named from its supposed resemblance into serpent of that name, or from its size.