- 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 cocātrīx cocātrīc- possibly alteration of calcātrīx ( translation of Greek ikhneumōn tracker ) from Latin calcāre to track from calx calc- heel