basilisk[bas′ə lisk′, baz′-]
basilisk definition by Webster's New World
- a mythical lizardlike monster with supposedly fatal breath and glance, fabled to have been hatched by a serpent from a cock's egg
- any of a genus (Basiliscus) of iguanas with an erectile crest on the back and tail and an inflatable pouch on the head
- an obsolete kind of cannon
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin basiliscus ; from Classical Greek basiliskos, diminutive of basileus, king
basilisk definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A legendary serpent or dragon with lethal breath and glance.
- Any of various tropical American lizards of the genus Basiliscus, characterized by a crest on the head, back, and tail and the ability to run on the hind legs.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French basilisc, from Latin basiliscus, from Greek basiliskos, diminutive of basileus, king.