cockatrice

noun
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

Examples of cockatrice in a Sentence

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cockatrice.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cockatrice

Time Traveler for cockatrice

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for cockatrice

Cite this Entry

“Cockatrice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockatrice. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on cockatrice

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cockatrice

Comments on cockatrice

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

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!