A mythical serpent hatched from a cock's egg and having power to kill by a look.
An unidentified deadly serpent.
A serpent hatched from a cock's egg and having the power to kill by its glance.
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