1. monster hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg
; able to kill with a glance
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cockatrice \Cock"a*trice\ (-tr[imac]s; 277), n. [OF. cocatrice
crocodile, F. cocatrix, cocatrice. The word is a corruption
from the same source as E. crocodile, but was confused with
cock the bird, F. coq, whence arose the fable that the animal
was produced from a cock's egg. See Crocodile.]
1. A fabulous serpent whose breath and look were said to be
fatal. See Basilisk.
That bare vowel, I, shall poison more
Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice. --Shak.
2. (Her.) A representation of this serpent. It has the head,
wings, and legs of a bird, and tail of a serpent.
3. (Script.) A venomous serpent which which cannot now be
The weaned child shall put his hand on the
Note: [Rev. Ver. basilisk's] den. --Is. xi. 8.
4. Any venomous or deadly thing.
This little cockatrice of a king. --Bacon.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: monster hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg; able to
kill with a glance
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
130 Moby Thesaurus words for "cockatrice":
Benedict Arnold, Brutus, Judas, Judas Iscariot, Quisling,
achievement, alerion, animal charge, annulet, archtraitor, argent,
armorial bearings, armory, arms, azure, bandeau, bar, bar sinister,
baton, bearings, bend, bend sinister, betrayer, billet, blazon,
blazonry, bordure, broad arrow, cadency mark, canton, chaplet,
charge, chevron, chief, coat of arms, conniver, conspirator,
conspirer, coronet, crescent, crest, cross, cross moline, crown,
device, difference, differencing, double agent, double-crosser,
double-dealer, eagle, ermine, ermines, erminites, erminois,
escutcheon, falcon, fess, fess point, field, file, flanch,
fleur-de-lis, fret, fur, fusil, garland, griffin, gules, gyron,
hatchment, helmet, heraldic device, honor point, impalement,
impaling, inescutcheon, informer, intrigant, intriguer, label,
lion, lozenge, machinator, mantling, marshaling, martlet, mascle,
metal, motto, mullet, nombril point, octofoil, or, ordinary, orle,
pale, paly, pean, pheon, plotter, purpure, quarter, quartering,
quisling, rat, rose, sable, saltire, schemer, scutcheon, serpent,
shield, snake, spread eagle, subordinary, tenne, timeserver,
tincture, torse, traitor, treasonist, tressure, trimmer, turncoat,
unicorn, vair, vert, wreath, yale
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
the mediaeval name (a corruption of "crocodile") of a fabulous
serpent supposed to be produced from a cock's egg. It is
generally supposed to denote the cerastes, or "horned viper," a
very poisonous serpent about a foot long. Others think it to be
the yellow viper (Daboia xanthina), one of the most dangerous
vipers, from its size and its nocturnal habits (Isa. 11:8;
14:29; 59:5; Jer. 8:17; in all which the Revised Version renders
the Hebrew _tziph'oni_ by "basilisk"). In Prov. 23:32 the Hebrew
_tzeph'a_ is rendered both in the Authorized Version and the
Revised Version by "adder;" margin of Revised Version
"basilisk," and of Authorized Version "cockatrice."