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1basilisk

noun bas·i·lisk \ˈba-sə-ˌlisk, ˈba-zə-\

in stories and legends : a reptile that can kill people by breathing on them or looking at them

Full Definition of BASILISK

1
:  a legendary reptile with fatal breath and glance
2
:  any of several crested tropical American lizards (genus Basiliscus of the family Iguanidae) related to the iguanas and noted for their ability to run on their hind legs
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Origin of BASILISK

Middle English, from Latin basiliscus, from Greek basiliskos, from diminutive of basileus
First Known Use: 14th century

2basilisk

adjective

Definition of BASILISK

:  suggesting a basilisk :  baleful, spellbinding <the eyes … with all their blaze of basilisk horror — Bram Stoker>

First Known Use of BASILISK

1821

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