basilisk

[ bas-uh-lisk, baz- ]SEE DEFINITION OF basilisk

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But to be quiet with such a basilisk before him was impossible.

The party to see the Basilisk was not only the most agreeable of the season, but the most agreeable ever known.

That cold blue eye which is the basilisk of the British Army.

Roach changed the basilisk gaze with which he had regarded him to a vacant stare.

Leave me to hatch, from the heat of their own passions, the basilisk which shall destroy them.

Knolles flew his flag of the black raven aboard the Basilisk.

She also had seen the Basilisk and it was to her that the Spanish leader shouted his orders.

It is not only the basilisk's eye that has constraining power.

Her eye caught his own; it was as if a basilisk had smitten him.

He stared at the open letter as if it possessed the eyes of a basilisk.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Latin basiliscus, from Greek basiliskos "little king," diminutive of basileus "king" (see Basil); said by Pliny to have been so called because of a crest or spot on its head resembling a crown.

Its breath and glance were said to be fatal. The South American lizard so called (1813) because it, like the mythical beast, has a crest. Also used of a type of large cannon, throwing shot of 200 lb., from 1540s.

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