One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1another term for basilisk (sense 1)
- ‘Should you ever even think you see a basilisk or cockatrice, shut your eyes immediately and change the view to something else.’
- 1.1Heraldry A mythical animal depicted as a two-legged dragon (or wyvern) with a cock's head.
- ‘The fireballs simply swirled into a funnel when they neared the foes chest, and the entire cockatrice glowed a bright blue as the magic was absorbed into its body.’
- ‘The unicorn bounced back to her as the cockatrices caught up and continued to flock overhead.’
- ‘A family of pegasi stood tethered, eyeing a nearby slumbering cockatrice with understandable uneasiness.’
Late Middle English: from Old French cocatris, from Latin calcatrix ‘tracker’ (from calcare ‘to tread or track’), translating Greek ikhneumōn (see ichneumon).
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