- a mythical serpent hatched from a cock's egg and having power to kill by a look
- Bible an unidentified deadly serpent
Origin of cockatricecocatrice ; from Old French cocatris, crocodile ; from Late Latin calcatrix, she who treads ; from calcare, to tread ; from calx, heel: see calcar
A serpent hatched from a cock's egg and having the power to kill by its glance.
Origin of cockatriceMiddle English cocatrice, basilisk, from Old French cocatris, from Medieval Latin cocatr&imacron;x, cocatr&imacron;c-, possibly alteration of calcatr&imacron;x (translation of Greek ikhneum&omacron;n, tracker), from Latin calcare, to track, from calx, calc-, heel.