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Pronunciation:  'k√Ękutris

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 Definition: [n]  monster hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg; able to kill with a glance
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 See Also: mythical creature, mythical monster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Easton 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."

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