A basilisk, a sword, and a phoenix mean only one thing for Harry Potter: an excursion into the mysterious chamber.
Just ask any of the ladies who have been privileged enough to enter my "chamber of secrets" and "meet my basilisk."
Kayani sat in basilisk silence during the parliamentary session.
No sooner does Hermione discover that the creature is a basilisk when Ginny Weasley, Ron's little sister, goes missing.
Looking out to sea, we perceived that the "basilisk" had departed, and that the "Serpent" was lying peacefully at anchor.
But to be quiet with such a basilisk before him was impossible.
And the suckling child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the basilisk's den.
That cold blue eye which is the basilisk of the British Army.
And finally there is the delightful and vivid representation of S. Tryphonius and the basilisk.
Leave me to hatch, from the heat of their own passions, the basilisk which shall destroy them.
c.1300, from Latin basiliscus, from Greek basiliskos "little king," diminutive of basileus "king" (see Basil); said by Pliny to have been so called because of a crest or spot on its head resembling a crown.
The basilisk has since the fourteenth century been confused with the Cockatrice, and the subject is now a complicated one. [T.H. White, "The Bestiary. A Book of Beasts," 1954]Its breath and glance were said to be fatal. The South American lizard so called (1813) because it, like the mythical beast, has a crest. Also used of a type of large cannon, throwing shot of 200 lb., from 1540s.
(in R.V., Isa. 11:8; 14:29; 59:5; Jer. 8:17), the "king serpent," as the name imports; a fabulous serpent said to be three spans long, with a spot on its head like a crown. Probably the yellow snake is intended. (See COCKATRICE.)