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) A type of dragon used in heraldry.
  3. A tree-dwelling type of lizard of the genus Basiliscus.
  4. A type of large brass cannon.

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Adjective[edit]

basilisk ‎(not comparable)

  1. 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

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Noun[edit]

basilisk m ‎(plural basilisken, diminutive basiliskje n)

  1. a basilisk (mythological or heraldic monster)
  2. (zoology) a basilisik, a tree-dwelling type of lizard of the genus Basiliscus

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