Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

cockatrice

play
noun cock·a·trice \ˈkä-kə-trəs, -ˌtrīs\

Definition of cockatrice

  1. :  a legendary serpent that is hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg and that has a deadly glance



Origin of cockatrice

Middle English cocatrice, from Middle French cocatris ichneumon, cockatrice, from Medieval Latin cocatric-, cocatrix ichneumon


First Known Use: 14th century


Learn More about cockatrice


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cockatrice? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the Celtic May Day festival

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

prompt angry maudlin oily
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ