Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Mythology A serpent hatched from a cock's egg and having the power to kill by its glance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fabulous serpent whose breath and look were said to be fatal. See Basilisk.
  • n. A representation of this serpent. It has the head, wings, and legs of a bird, and tail of a serpent.
  • n. A venomous serpent which which cannot now be identified.
  • n. Any venomous or deadly thing.

from The 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.
  • n. A loose woman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. monster hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg; able to kill with a glance

Etymologies

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)
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)

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • "cockatrice" (literally, "viper's offspring," as Philistia would regard him), namely, Hezekiah awaits you (2Ki 18: 8).

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  • 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.

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  • Like a basilisk or cockatrice it is, speaking of magical, wonderful animals.

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  •        Out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • "I knew we shouldn't have let that cockatrice talk!"

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