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
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)