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basilisk (plural basilisks)
- A mythical (and heraldic) snake-like dragon type, reputed to be so venomous that its gaze was deadly.
- The deadly look of the basilisk
- (heraldry) A type of dragon used in heraldry.
- A tree-dwelling type of lizard of the genus Basiliscus.
- A type of large brass cannon.
snake-like dragon type
type of lizard (genus Basiliscus)
type of large brass cannon
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basilisk (not comparable)
- Suggesting a basilisk (snake-like dragon): baleful, spellbinding.
1870, The British drama: illustrated, volume 4, page 997:
- Well, She is so basilisk ; there's no death in her eyes ...
1884, M. L. O'Byrne, Ill-won Peerages, Or, An Unhallowed Union, page 126:
- her gaze became more basilisk in its expression, and her countenance bore some similitude to that of a handsome fiend
2004, Witi Tame Ihimaera, Whanau II, page 167:
- He had never seen her quite like this, so basilisk, so frightening
- a basilisk (mythological or heraldic monster)
- (zoology) a basilisik, a tree-dwelling type of lizard of the genus Basiliscus