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