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
The basilisk is the enemy of the yale, and if it finds the yale asleep it stings it between the eyes, causing its eyes to swell until they burst.
There was the completion of the circle: the basilisk was a small lizard, but its glance could stun or kill other creatures.
As he spoke he realized something that had not quite surfaced before: the basilisk was a magical creature that could do magic.
The basilisk is a fabulous conglomerate, a winged animal formed with the three-crested head of a cock and the body of a lizardlike serpent with a three-pointed tail.
Her eye was like that of the fabled serpent, called the basilisk, and in her anger she ever struck terror.
Nowadays, the poet would call a basilisk bonny rather than miss his alliteration.
The basilisk was the Phoenix of the serpent-tribe; and the vase or urn was probably the vessel, shaped like a cucumber, with a projecting spout, out of which, on the monuments of Egypt, the priests are represented pouring streams of the _cruz ansata_ or Tau Cross, and of _sceptres_, over the kings.
And the serpent or asp, a sign of kingly dominion, -- hence called basilisk, -- is sacred to Kneph.
The group of animals known as basilisk lizards commonly lives along the edge of rivers running through rainforests, eating small insects among the foliage.
She wears the Kepersh, or war-helmet worn by the Pharaohs in battle, with the golden "uræus," or so-called "basilisk" on the brow.