cock·​a·​trice ˈkä-kə-trəs How to pronounce cockatrice (audio)
: a legendary serpent that is hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg and that has a deadly glance

Examples of cockatrice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That means dragons, cockatrices, slimes and more gross stuff. Soleil Ho,, 20 Jan. 2020

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cockatrice was in the 14th century

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“Cockatrice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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