from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A legendary serpent or dragon with lethal breath and glance.
- n. Any of various tropical American lizards of the genus Basiliscus, characterized by a crest on the head, back, and tail and the ability to run on the hind legs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mythical (and heraldic) snake-like dragon type, reputed to be so venomous that its gaze was deadly.
- n. In heraldry, a type of dragon
- n. A treedwelling type of lizard, of genus Basiliscus.
- n. A type of large brass cannon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fabulous serpent, or dragon. The ancients alleged that its hissing would drive away all other serpents, and that its breath, and even its look, was fatal. See cockatrice.
- n. A lizard of the genus Basiliscus, belonging to the family Iguanidæ.
- n. A large piece of ordnance, so called from its supposed resemblance to the serpent of that name, or from its size.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabulous creature formerly believed to exist, variously regarded as a kind of serpent, lizard, or dragon, and sometimes identified with the cockatrice.
- n. In herpetology, a lizard of the old genus Basiliscus (which see) in the widest sense.
- n. In ornithology, the golden-crested wren or kinglet. See basiliscus, 2.
- n. A large piece of ordnance: so called from its destructive power.
- Pertaining to or characteristic of the basilisk: as, a basilisk eye or look (a sharp, penetrating,malignant eye or look, like that attributed to the basilisk).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. ancient brass cannon
- n. small crested arboreal lizard able to run on its hind legs; of tropical America
- n. (classical mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) able to kill with its breath or glance
Middle English, from Old French basilisc, from Latin basiliscus, from Greek basiliskos, diminutive of basileus, king.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French basilique, from Latin basiliscus, from Ancient Greek βασιλίσκος (basiliskos, "royal, imperial"), from βασιλεύς (basileus, "king"). (Wiktionary)