Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A basilisk.
- n. In ornithology, an old and disused name of the small crested or golden-crowned wren of Europe, Regulus cristatus. It is known in many languages by names corresponding to “little king,” as kinglet, roitelet, koniglein, regillo, regaliolus, regillus, etc.; also rex, senator, presbys, trochilus, orchillus, calendula, etc. See
- n. [NL.] A genus of saurian reptiles, or Lacertilia, of the family Iguanidæ (formerly held to be of greater extent than now), characterized essentially by the presence of a continuous median dorsal crest along the back and tail, erectile at will. There are no femoral pores, and no gular sac, but a dilatable pouch on the head; the dentition is pleurodont. The mitered or hooded basilisk, B. mitratus, is especially remarkable for a membranous bag at the back of the head, of the size of a small hen's egg, which can be inflated with air at pleasure, and the function of which is analogous to that of the air-bladder of fishes. The other species have such hoods also, but of a smaller size. To this organ they owe their name, which recalls the basilisk of fable, though in reality they are harmless and exceedingly lively creatures. The species are inhabitants chiefly of Central America and Mexico, and peculiar to America, although one of the Agamidæ of Amboyna has been erroneously referred to the genus.
- n. a reptile genus of Iguanidae
“Probably the word "basiliscus" in Theophilus would have been better translated”
“Another lizard that was interesting and plentiful, was Basiliscus basiliscus, the basilisk.”
“The species of rattlesnake is probably _Crotalus basiliscus_ or _C. terrificus_ of southern Mexico and adjacent regions, not _C. horridus_ or _adamanteus_ as supposed by Stempell since these two species are confined to the United States.”
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“Reptiles include the basilisk lizard (Basiliscus basiliscus), caiman (Caiman crocodilus), green turtle (Chelonia mydas), leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), and green iguana (Iguana iguana).”
“Characteristic fauna species include the White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), mexican west-coast rattlesnake (Crotolus b. basiliscus), horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), lesser-ground cuckoo (Morococcyx erythropygus), and lesser roadrunner (Geococcyx velox).”
“Reptiles such as the Basilisk lizard (Basiliscus basiliscus), snakes (Boa constrictor) American crocodile (Crocodilus acutus), spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus), Ctenosaur (Ctenosaura similis), iguana (Iguana iguana), and a few species of sea turtle such as the Pacific Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).”
“Reptiles including the Basilisk lizard (Basiliscus basiliscus), snake (Boa constrictor), American crocodile (Crocodilus acutus), spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus), Ctenosaur (Ctenosaura similis) and green iguana (Iguana iguana) do well in the mangroves.”
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