Definition of basilisk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbæzɪlɪsk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæzɪlɪsk//
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(in ancient stories) a creature like a snake, which can kill people by looking at them or breathing on them Word Originlate Middle English: via Latin from Greek basiliskos ‘little king, serpent’, from basileus ‘king’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: basilisk