|n.||1.||A fabulous serpent, or dragon. The ancients alleged that its hissing would drive away all other serpents, and that its breath, and even its look, was fatal. See Cockatrice.|
Make me not sighted like the basilisk.
|2.||(Zool.) A lizard of the genus Basiliscus, belonging to the family Iguanidæ.|
|3.||(Mil.) A large piece of ordnance, so called from its supposed resemblance to the serpent of that name, or from its size.|
|Noun||1.||basilisk - (classical mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) able to kill with its breath or glance|
|2.||basilisk - ancient brass cannon|
|3.||basilisk - small crested arboreal lizard able to run on its hind legs; of tropical America|