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1. A legendary serpent or dragon with lethal breath and glance.
2. 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.
[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.]
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) (in classical legend) a serpent that could kill by its breath or glance
2. (Animals) any small arboreal semiaquatic lizard of the genus Basiliscus of tropical America: family Iguanidae (iguanas). The males have an inflatable head crest, used in display
3. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a 16th-century medium cannon, usually made of brass
[C14: from Latin basiliscus, from Greek basiliskos royal child, from basileus king]
bas•i•lisk(ˈbæs ə lɪsk, ˈbæz-)
1. a legendary creature, variously described as a serpent, lizard, or dragon, said to kill by its breath or look.
2. any of several tropical American iguanid lizards of the genus Basiliscus, noted for their ability to run across the surface of water on their hind legs.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin basiliscus < Greek basilískos princeling, basilisk]
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|Noun||1.||basilisk - (classical mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) able to kill with its breath or glance|
classical mythology - the system of mythology of the Greeks and Romans together; much of Roman mythology (especially the gods) was borrowed from the Greeks
|2.||basilisk - ancient brass cannon |
cannon - a large artillery gun that is usually on wheels
|3.||basilisk - small crested arboreal lizard able to run on its hind legs; of tropical America|
iguanid, iguanid lizard - lizards of the New World and Madagascar and some Pacific islands; typically having a long tail and bright throat patch in males