basilisk

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French basilique, from Latin basiliscus, from Ancient Greek βασιλίσκος (basilískos, royal, imperial), from βασιλεύς (basileús, king).

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Noun[edit]

basilisk (plural basilisks)

  1. A mythical (and heraldic) snake-like dragon type, reputed to be so venomous that its gaze was deadly.
    The deadly look of the basilisk
  2. (heraldry) In heraldry, a type of dragon
  3. A treedwelling type of lizard, of genus Basiliscus.
  4. A type of large brass cannon.

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Noun[edit]

basilisk m (plural basilisken, diminutive basiliskje n)

  1. The mythological or heraldic monster basilisk
  2. (zoology) A treedwelling type of lizard, of genus Basiliscus.

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