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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - Small crested arboreal lizard able to run on its hind legs; Ancient brass cannon; (classical mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) able to kill with its breath or glance.

Usage examples (35)
  • In legend only the weasel can kill a basilisk.
  • Nowadays, the poet would call a basilisk bonny rather than miss his alliteration.
  • And the serpent or asp, a sign of kingly dominion, -- hence called basilisk, -- is sacred to Kneph.
  • Her eye was like that of the fabled serpent, called the basilisk, and in her anger she ever struck terror. for more
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