Cock"a*trice(-trs; 277), n. [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.]
1. A fabulous serpent whose breath and look were said to be fatal. See Basilisk.
That bare vowel, I, shall poison moreShak.
Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice.
(Her.) A representation of this serpent. It has the head, wings, and legs of a bird, and tail of a serpent.
(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.Is. xi. 8.
4. Any venomous or deadly thing.
This little cockatrice of a king.Bacon.
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