cock·​a·​trice | \ ˈkä-kə-trəs How to pronounce cockatrice (audio) , -ˌtrīs \

Definition of cockatrice

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

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Recent Examples on the Web That means dragons, cockatrices, slimes and more gross stuff. Soleil Ho,, "Wait in line at that new restaurant? Bring these books along," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of cockatrice

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cockatrice

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

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“Cockatrice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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