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Other Basilisk Definition

[n] small crested arboreal lizard able to run on its hind legs; of tropical America
[n] ancient brass cannon
[n] (classical mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) able to kill with its breath or glance

Misc. Definitions

\Bas"i*lisk\, n. [L. basiliscus, Gr. ? little king, kind of serpent, dim. of ? king; -- so named from some prominences on the head resembling a crown.]
1. A fabulous serpent, or dragon. The ancients alleged that its hissing would drive away all other serpents, and that its breath, and even its look, was fatal. See {Cockatrice}. Make me not sighted like the basilisk. --Shak.
2. (Zo["o]l.) A lizard of the genus {Basiliscus}, belonging to the family {Iguanid[ae]}. Note: This genus is remarkable for a membranous bag rising above the occiput, which can be filled with air at pleasure; also for an elevated crest along the back, that can be raised or depressed at will.
3. (Mil.) A large piece of ordnance, so called from its supposed resemblance to the serpent of that name, or from its size. [Obs.]

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