Meaning of cockatrice

cock•a•trice

Pronunciation: (kok'u-tris), [key]
— n.
  1. a legendary monster with a deadly glance, supposedly hatched by a serpent from the egg of a cock, and commonly represented with the head, legs, and wings of a cock and the body and tail of a serpent. Cf. basilisk (def. 1).
  2. a venomous serpent. Isa. 11:8.
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