A legendary serpent or dragon with lethal breath and glance.
Any of various tropical American lizards of the genus Basiliscus, having a crest on the head and back and fringes of skin around the toes of the hind feet that enable it to run upright across the surface of water for short distances.
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.
A mythical lizardlike monster with supposedly fatal breath and glance, fabled to have been hatched by a serpent from a cock's egg.
Origin of basilisk
- Middle English from Old French basilisc from Latin basiliscus from Greek basiliskos a kind of extremely venomous snake with a bright crownlike mark on its head from diminutive of basileus king
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition