cockatrice

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cockatrice monster hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg; able to kill with a glance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cockatrice A fabulous serpent whose breath and look were said to be fatal. See Basilisk. "That bare vowel, I, shall poison more
      Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice ."
    • Cockatrice (Her) A representation of this serpent. It has the head, wings, and legs of a bird, and tail of a serpent.
    • Cockatrice (Script) A venomous serpent which which cannot now be identified. "The weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's Rev. Ver. basilisk's den."
    • Cockatrice Any venomous or deadly thing. "This little cockatrice of a king."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cockatrice A fabulous monster reputed to be hatched by a serpent from a cock's egg, represented as possessing characters belonging to both animals, and supposed to have the power of killing by the glance of its eye; a basilisk. It occurs as a bearing in heraldry, represented as having the head, legs, and feet of the cock, a serpent's body and tail, and dragon-wings. It is generally represented in profile, as if passant; but when blazoned displayed it is depicted atfronté, so as to show both wings.
    • n cockatrice A loose woman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cockatrice kok′a-trīs a fabulous monster like a serpent, often confounded with the Basilisk (q.v.), and regarded as possessing similar deadly powers.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. cocatrice, crocodile, F. cocatrix, cocatrice,. The word is a corruption from the same source as E. crocodile, but was confused with cock, the bird, F. coq, whence arose the fable that the animal was produced from a cock's, egg. See Crocodile
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cocatrice.

Usage

In literature:

What is that about the child and the cockatrice?
"The Days of Mohammed" by Anna May Wilson
The monks said that Erasmus laid the egg, and Luther hatched a cockatrice.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
It never occurred to him that the cockatrice might not believe him.
"The Book of Dragons" by Edith Nesbit
By this light 'tis she, the very cockatrice.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
Cockatrice, sculpture of the, Amiens Cathedral, 110. iv.
"Our Fathers Have Told Us" by John Ruskin
So it toys with leviathan, and 'lays its hand on the cockatrice den,' and my text is an instance of this.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
One great preservative was the wearing of a ring with the figure of a cockatrice upon it.
"Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places" by Frederick William Fairholt
The growth of this monstrous, noxious bubble hatched out a multitude of young cockatrices.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
But 'the weaned child shall lay his hand on the cockatrice den.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
I must not permit this serpent to glide uncrushed, this cockatrice to practise his epistolary wiles, within my peaceful fold.
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
Let me know at once whether you are an honest man or a cockatrice?
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
In the spandrels above are two square panels containing a cockatrice, and another strange beast.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells" by Percy Dearmer
And these others are griffins and cockatrices, and dragons of sorts?
"The Great Keinplatz Experiment and Other Tales of Twilight and the Unseen" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
He sat down and watched the Cockatrice finish his meal.
"Moonshine & Clover" by Laurence Housman
We don't want you yet, my little cockatrice!
"My Lords of Strogue, Vol. II (of III)" by Lewis Wingfield
This will so fright them both, that they will kill one another by the look, like cockatrices.
"Twelfth Night" by William Shakspeare
From the chalice a winged cockatrice is rising.
"Caricature and Other Comic Art" by James Parton
The lions and the eagles and the snakes together linked, The cockatrices, wiverns, and their tribes is all extinct.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, December 31, 1887" by Various
The word 'cockatrice' is 'crocodile' transformed.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
The cockatrice is identical with the basilisk, but is perhaps not quite so human.
"Human Animals" by Frank Hamel
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In poetry:

Read that riddle, scorning pity's
Tears, of cockatrices shed:
When the heart is vowed for freedom,
Captaincy it yields to head.
"A Preaching From A Spanish Ballad" by George Meredith
Cy. I jealous am of their maligne aspect,
And therefore hold it best to take away
That cause which may produce such bad effects;
For I shall never cease t'applaud his skill,
That in the shell, the Cockatrice doth kill.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act II" by Ralph Knevet