Cockatrice meaning

kŏkə-trĭs, -trīs
A mythical serpent hatched from a cock's egg and having power to kill by a look.
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An unidentified deadly serpent.
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A legendary creature about the size and shape of a dragon or wyvern, but in appearance resembling a giant rooster, with some lizard-like characteristics.
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Mistress, harlot.
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A serpent hatched from a cock's egg and having the power to kill by its glance.
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Origin of cockatrice

  • Middle 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested 1382, from Old French cocatriz, from Late Latin calcātrīx (“she who treads upon something”), from Latin calcō (“tread”), from calx (“heel, hoof”).

    From Wiktionary