basilisk


1bas·i·lisk

noun \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

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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