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Meaning of basilisk

bas•i•lisk

Pronunciation: (bas'u-lisk, baz'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a creature, variously described as a serpent, lizard, or dragon, said to kill by its breath or look.
  2. any of several tropical American iguanid lizards of the genus Basiliscus, noted for their ability to run across the surface of water on their hind legs.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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