basilisk

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbæzɪˌlɪsk/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(basə lisk, baz-)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bas•i•lisk  (basə lisk, baz-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Mythology[Class. Myth.]a creature, variously described as a serpent, lizard, or dragon, said to kill by its breath or look.
  2. 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.
bas•i•lis•cine  (basə lisk, baz-),USA pronunciation  bas′i•liscan, adj. 
  • 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

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
basilisk /ˈbæzɪˌlɪsk/ n
  1. (in classical legend) a serpent that could kill by its breath or glance
  2. 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
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin basiliscus, from Greek basiliskos royal child, from basileus king
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