- (in classical legend) a serpent that could kill by its breath or glance
- 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
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bas•i•lisk (bas′ə lisk, baz′-),USA pronunciation n.
(bas′ə lisk, baz′-),USA pronunciation bas′i•lis′can, adj.
- Mythology[Class. Myth.]a creature, variously described as a serpent, lizard, or dragon, said to kill by its breath or look.
- Reptilesany 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.
- Greek basilískos princeling, basilisk, equivalent. to basil(eús) king + -iskos diminutive suffix; allegedly so named from a crownlike white spot on its head
- Latin basiliscus
- 1250–1300; Middle English
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basilisk /ˈbæzɪˌlɪsk/ n
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