: a genus of active carnivorous lizards (family Iguanidae) that have rising above the occiput a membranous pouch which can be inflated with air and along the back a movable crest which can be raised or lowered at will see basilisk sense 3

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New Latin, from Latin, basilisk

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“Basiliscus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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