Other Word Forms of Cockatrice
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”).
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