Basiliscus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Basiliscus a reptile genus of Iguanidae
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n basiliscus A basilisk.
    • n basiliscus In ornithology, an old and disused name of the small crested or golden-crowned wren of Europe, Regulus cristatus. It is known in many languages by names corresponding to “little king,” as kinglet, roitelet, koniglein, regillo, regaliolus, regillus, etc.; also rex, senator, presbys, trochilus, orchillus, calendula, etc. See Regulus.
    • n basiliscus [NL.] A genus of saurian reptiles, or Lacertilia, of the family Iguanidæ (formerly held to be of greater extent than now), characterized essentially by the presence of a continuous median dorsal crest along the back and tail, erectile at will. There are no femoral pores, and no gular sac, but a dilatable pouch on the head; the dentition is pleurodont. The mitered or hooded basilisk, B. mitratus, is especially remarkable for a membranous bag at the back of the head, of the size of a small hen's egg, which can be inflated with air at pleasure, and the function of which is analogous to that of the air-bladder of fishes. The other species have such hoods also, but of a smaller size. To this organ they owe their name, which recalls the basilisk of fable, though in reality they are harmless and exceedingly lively creatures. The species are inhabitants chiefly of Central America and Mexico, and peculiar to America, although one of the Agamidæ of Amboyna has been erroneously referred to the genus.
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Usage

In literature:

Basiliscus, the brother of the empress Vorina, was intrusted with this important command.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 3" by Edward Gibbon
Basiliscus, the brother of the empress Vorina, was intrusted with this important command.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 3" by Edward Gibbon
He had fought for the Orthodox against Basiliscus.
"The Roman and the Teuton A Series of Lectures delivered before the University of Cambridge" by Charles Kingsley
And Gizeric, profiting by the negligence of Basiliscus, did as follows.
"History of the Wars, Books III and IV (of 8)" by Procopius
Basiliscus and they that were with him were sent away to a remote fortress in Cappadocia.
"Theodoric the Goth" by Thomas Hodgkin
Basiliscus still more openly favoured heresy.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
Then Zenonis coaxed Basiliscus to grant her lover the highest office in the city.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
His body was laid beside that of Basiliscus.
"Henry Martyn Saint and Scholar" by George Smith
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