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cockatrice Explained

cockatrice at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1382, from O.Fr. cocatris, altered by influence of coq from L.L. *calcatrix, from L. calcare "to tread" (calx "heel"), as translation of Gk. ikhneumon, lit. "tracker, tracer." In classical writings, an Egyptian animal of some sort, the mortal enemy of the crocodile, which it tracks down and kills. This vague sense became hopelessly confused in the Christian West, and in England the word ended up applied to the equivalent of the basilisk (q.v.). A serpent hatched from a cock's egg, it was fabled to kill by its glance and could only be slain by tricking it into seeing its own reflection. Belief in them persisted even among the educated because the word was used in the KJV several times to translate a Heb. word for "serpent." In heraldry, half cock, half serpent. Identified variously with the basilisk and the crocodile. ///

cockatrice at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

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

Cockatrice at English => English (Eastons 1897 Bible) Of Explained:

eshness, immaturity, juvenility, infancy, babyhood, childhood, boyhood, girlhood, minority, bloom, puberty, prime of life.[ADJ] (Young offspring): infantile, puerile, boyish, girlish, childish, babyish, baby, newborn, unfledged, immature.[N] (Celibacy): celibacy, singleness, bachelorhood, chastity, virginity, maidenhood, maidenhead, bachelor, spinster, maid, maiden, virgin.[N] (Celibacy): celibacy, singleness, bachelorhood, chastity, virginity, maidenhood, maidenhead, bachelor, spinster, maid, maiden, virgin.[N] (Rear): rear, back, posteriority, rear guard, background, hinterland, heel, tail, rump, croup, buttock, posteriors, backside, breech, wake, train, sequence.

[ADJ] (Rear): bac

Cockatrice at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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.

cockatrice at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : monster hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg; able to kill
with a glance

cockatrice at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a


First attested Category: w - :1382|1382, from Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » cocatris|lang=fro, from Inter: etyl » LL. Inter: term » calcatrix|calcātrīx|she who treads upon something|lang=la, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » calco|calcō|tread|lang=la, from Inter: term » calx|calx|heel, hoof|lang=la.


Inter: en-nou » n
  • A legendary creature about the size and shape of a dragon or wyvern, but in appearance resembling a giant rooster, with some lizard-like characteristics.
    1. Inter: rfdat » e Category: w - :J. Walker McSpadden|J. Walker McSpadden, The Spell of Egypt
    2. : “Peace reigns in happy Luxor. The lion lies down with the lamb, and the child, if it will, may harmlessly put its hand into the cockatrice’s den”

      Related terms

      * basilisk

    Inter: rfc » how related?


    Inter: trans-top » legendary creature
    • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|slangdraak|m
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|cocatrix|f
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|coccatrice|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|コカトリス|tr=kokatorisu|sc=Jpan
  • Marathi: Inter: t- » mr|कॉकट्रिस|tr=kǒkaṭrisa|sc=Deva
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|basilisk|c

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: Category:en:Mythological creatures -
    Translation: cs » cockatrice
    Translation: fa » cockatrice
    Translation: it » cockatrice
    Translation: my » cockatrice
    Translation: ta » cockatrice
    Translation: te » cockatrice
    Translation: vi » cockatrice
    Translation: zh » cockatrice