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1. A fabulous serpent whose breath and look were said to be fatal. See Basilisk.

   That bare vowel, I, shall poison more Than the death-darting eye of . Shak.

2. (Her.) A representation of this serpent. It has the head, wings, and legs of a bird, and tail of a serpent.

3. (Script.) A venomous serpent which which cannot now be identified.

   The weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's [Rev. Ver. basilisk's] den. Is. xi. 8.

4. Any venomous or deadly thing.

   This little cockatrice of a king. Bacon.

coco, n. ? Coco palm[edit]

Co"co (?), n. ? Co"co palm (?). See Cocoa.

cocoa, n., Cocoa palm[edit]

Co"coa (?), n., Co"coa palm` (?) [Sp. & Pg. coco cocoanut, in Sp. also, cocoa palm. The Portuguese name is said to have been given from the monkeylike face at the base of the nut, fr. Pg. coco a bugbear, an ugly mask to frighten children. Cf., however, Gr. the cocoa palm and its fruit, , , a kind of Egyptian palm.] (Bot.) A palm tree producing the cocoanut (Cocos nucifera). It grows in nearly all tropical countries, attaining a height of sixty or eighty feet. The trunk is without branches, and has a tuft of leaves at the top, each being fifteen or twenty feet in length, and at the base of these the nuts hang in clusters; the cocoanut tree.


Co"coa, n. [Corrupted fr. cacao.] A preparation made from the seeds of the chocolate tree, and used in making, a beverage; also the beverage made from cocoa or cocoa shells. Cocoa shells, the husks which separate from the cacao seeds in preparing them for use.


Co"coa*nut` (?), n. The large, hard-shelled nut of the cocoa palm. It yields an agreeable milky liquid and a white meat or albumen much used as food and in making oil.

cocobolo, Cocobolas[edit]

Co`co*bo"lo (?), Co`co*bo"las (?), n. [Sp. cocobolo.] (Bot.) A very beautiful and hard wood, obtained in the West India Islands. It is used in cabinetmaking, for the handles of tools, and for various fancy articles.


Co*coon" (?), n. [F. cocon, dim. of coque shell of egge and insects, fr. L. concha mussel shell. See Conch.]

1. An oblong case in which the silkworn lies in its chrysalis state. It is formed of threads of silk spun by the worm just before leaving the larval state. From these the silk of commerce is prepared.

2. (Zoöl.) (a) The case constructed by any insect to contain its larva or pupa. (b) The case of silk made by spiders to protect their eggs. (c) The egg cases of mucus, etc., made by leeches and other worms.


Co*coon"er*y (?), n. A building or apartment for silkworms, when feeding and forming cocoons.


Coc"ti*ble (?), a. [See Coctile.] Capable of being cooked. Blount.


Coc"tile (?), a. [L. coctilis, fr. coguere. See Cook.] Made by baking, or exposing to heat, as a brick.


Coc"tion (?), n. [L. coctio.]

1. Act of boiling.

2. (Med.) (a) Digestion. [Obs.] (b) The change which the humorists believed morbific matter undergoes before elimination. [Obs.] Dunglison.

cocus wood[edit]

Co"cus wood` (?). A West Indian wood, used for making flutes and other musical instruments.


Cod (?), n. [AS. codd small bag; akin to Icel. koddi pillow, Sw. kudde cushion; cf. W. cod, ciod, bag, shell.]

1. A husk; a pod; as, a peascod. [Eng.] Mortimer.

2. A small bag or pouch. [Obs.] Halliwell.

3. The scortum. Dunglison.

4. A pillow or cushion. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.


Cod, n. [Cf. G. gadde, and (in Heligoland) gadden, L. gadus merlangus.] (Zoöl.) An important edible fish (Gadus morrhua), Taken in immense numbers on the northern coasts of Europe and America. It is especially abundant and large on the Grand Bank of Newfoundland. It is salted and dried in large quantities. &hand; There are several varieties; as shore cod, from shallow water; bank cod, from the distant banks; and rock cod, which is found among ledges, and is often dark brown or mottled with red. The tomcod is a distinct species of small size. The bastard, blue, buffalo, or cultus cod of the Pacific coast belongs to a distinct family. See Buffalo cod, under Buffalo. Cod fishery, the business of fishing for cod. -- Cod line, an eighteen-thread line used in catching codfish. McElrath.


Co"da (?), n. [It., tail, fr. L. cauda.] (Mus.) A few measures added beyond the natural termination of a composition.


Cod"der (?), n. A gatherer of cods or peas. [Obs. or Prov.] Johnson.


Cod"ding (?), a. Lustful. [Obs.] Shak.


Cod"dle (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coddled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Coddling (?).] [Cf. Prov. E. caddle to coax, spoil, fondle, and Cade, a. & v. t.] [Written also codle.]

1. To parboil, or soften by boiling.

   It [the guava fruit] may be coddled. Dampier.

2. To treat with excessive tenderness; to pamper.

   How many of our English princes have been coddled at home by their fond papas and mammas! Thackeray.
   He [Lord Byron] never coddled his reputation. Southey.


Cod"dy*mod"dy (?), n. (Zoöl.) A gull in the plumage of its first year.

cœlentera ? Cœlenterata[edit]

Cœ*len"te*ra (?) ? Cœ*len`te*ra"ta, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. hollow + intestines.] (Zoöl.) A comprehensive group of Invertebrata, mostly marine, comprising the Anthozoa, Hydrozoa, and Ctenophora. The name implies that the stomach and body cavities are one. The group is sometimes enlarged so as to include the sponges.


Cœ*len"ter*ate (?), a. (Zoöl.) Belonging to the Cœlentra. -- n. One of the Cœlentera.


Cœ"li*a (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. a cavity of the body, a ventricle.] (Anat.) A cavity. &hand; The word is applied to the ventricles of the brain, the different venticles being indicated by prefixes like those characterizing the parts of the brain in which the cavities are found; as, epicœlia, mesocœlia, metacœlia, procœlia, etc. B. G. Wilder.

cœliac, Celiac[edit]

Cœ"li*ac, Ce"li*ac (?), a. [L. coeliacus, Gr. , fr. belly, fr. hollow.] Relating to the abdomen, or to the cavity of the abdomen. Cœliac artery (Anat.), the artery which issues from the aorta just below the diaphragm; -- called also cœliac axis. -- Cœliac flux, Cœliac passion (Med.), a chronic flux or diarrhea of undigested food.


Cœ"lo*dont (?), a. [Gr. hollow + , , tooth.] (Zoöl.) Having hollow teeth; -- said of a group lizards. -- n. One of a group of lizards having hollow teeth.


Cœ"lum (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. a hollow, neut. of hollow.] (Anat.) See Body cavity, under Body.