Origin of basilisk
Examples from the Web for basilisk
Just ask any of the ladies who have been privileged enough to enter my "chamber of secrets" and "meet my basilisk."
A basilisk, a sword, and a phoenix mean only one thing for Harry Potter: an excursion into the mysterious chamber.
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.
Mrs. Seymour looks the basilisk in the eyes and reduces it to her service.
But to be quiet with such a basilisk before him was impossible.Barnaby Rudge|Charles Dickens
He never took his eye off Hawes; on him his eye fastened like a basilisk.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
For from the seed of the serpent shall come forth a basilisk, and that which is born of it shall devour the birds.Salom|Oscar Wilde
No living animal can be cured of it; even the basilisk does not equal him.Demonology and Devil-lore|Moncure Daniel Conway
Word Origin for basilisk
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.