- basilic vein,
- basin range,
- basing point
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.