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A serpent hatched from a cock's egg and having the power to kill by its glance.
[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.]
1. (European Myth & Legend) a legendary monster, part snake and part cock, that could kill with a glance
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) another name for basilisk1
[C14: from Old French cocatris, from Medieval Latin cocatrix, from Late Latin calcātrix trampler, tracker (translating Greek ikhneumon ichneumon), from Latin calcāre to tread, from calx heel]
cock•a•trice(ˈkɒk ə trɪs)
1. a legendary monster, part serpent and part fowl, that could kill with a glance.
2. a venomous serpent. Isa. 11:8.
[1350–1400; cocatrice < Middle French cocatris < Medieval Latin caucātrīces (pl.), Latin *calcātrīx, feminine of *calcātor tracker]