American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Mythology A serpent hatched from a cock's egg and having the power to kill by its glance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabulous monster reputed to be hatched by a serpent from a cock's egg, represented as possessing characters belonging to both animals, and supposed to have the power of killing by the glance of its eye; a basilisk. It occurs as a bearing in heraldry, represented as having the head, legs, and feet of the cock, a serpent's body and tail, and dragon-wings. It is generally represented in profile, as if passant; but when blazoned displayed it is depicted atfronté, so as to show both wings.
- n. A loose woman.
- n. A legendary creature about the size and shape of a dragon or wyvern, but in appearance resembling a giant rooster, with some lizard-like characteristics.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A fabulous serpent whose breath and look were said to be fatal. See Basilisk.
- n. (Her.) A representation of this serpent. It has the head, wings, and legs of a bird, and tail of a serpent.
- n. (Script.) A venomous serpent which which cannot now be identified.
- n. Any venomous or deadly thing.
- n. monster hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg; able to kill with a glance
- First attested 1382, from Old French cocatris, from Late Latin calcātrīx ("she who treads upon something"), from Latin calcō ("tread"), from calx ("heel, hoof"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cocatrice, basilisk, from Old French cocatris, from Medieval Latin cocātrīx, cocātrīc-, possibly alteration of calcātrīx (translation of Greek ikhneumōn, tracker), from Latin calcāre, to track, from calx, calc-, heel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A cockatrice is a serpent, often identified with the basilisk; it is said to be able to kill by its glance alone and to be hatched from a cock's egg.”
“A cockatrice is a Dragon with a Crown on his head, and hatched by a Viper on a Cock's Egg. The Viper was the Symbol of”
“Also known as a cockatrice, the basilisk is generally a variety of cock with a serpent’s tail and eight legs, and sometimes bearing scales instead of feathers.”
“cockatrice" (literally, "viper's offspring," as Philistia would regard him), namely, Hezekiah awaits you (2Ki 18: 8).”
“Discussing the "cockatrice" of Scripture, he tells us: "He drieth and burneth leaves with his touch, and he is of so great venom and perilous that he slayeth and wasteth him that nigheth him without tarrying; and yet the weasel overcometh him, for the biting of the weasel is death to the cockatrice.”
“Like a basilisk or cockatrice it is, speaking of magical, wonderful animals.”
“ Out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.”
“So in the dragon books I have faeries and giants and basilisks which kill by a glance but bear no physical resemblance to the mythological cockatrice.”
“Lyrics like “The stony hiss of cockatrice has cast us into serfdom” are sung over looped violin, chirpy synths and a 50-piece string orchestra from Prague.”
“I knew we shouldn't have let that cockatrice talk!”
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