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

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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockatrice. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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