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[buh-sil-ik, -zil-]
  1. kingly; royal.
  2. Also basilican, basilical. of, relating to, or like a basilica.
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Origin of basilic

1535–45; < Latin basilicus < Greek basilikós royal (basil(eús) king + -ikos -ic)
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Historical Examples

  • Some hardness could here be felt in the course of the basilic vein.

    On the origin of inflammation of the veins

    Henry Lee

  • Some blood taken from the basilic and femoral veins was likewise sown.

    Louis Pasteur

    Ren Vallery-Radot

  • The paving recalls the style of the basilic of the primitive times.

    Rambles in Rome

    S. Russell Forbes

  • The apse was developed from the somewhat similar part of the Roman basilic, in which the magistrate (prtor) sat.

  • Sold for basilic powder, to which it approaches nearer in composition than the preceding.