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see iguanaiguana
, name for several large lizards of the family Iguanidae, found in tropical America and the Galapagos. The common iguana (Iguana iguana) is a tree-living, strictly vegetarian species found along streams from Mexico to N South America.
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basilisk

monstrous reptile; has fatal breath and glance. [Gk. Folklore: Jobes, 184]

basilisk

lizard supposed to kill with its gaze. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Handbook, 93]

basilisk

1. (in classical legend) a serpent that could kill by its breath or glance
2. any small arboreal semiaquatic lizard of the genus Basiliscus of tropical America: family Iguanidae (iguanas). The males have an inflatable head crest, used in display
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Towards the end of "The Decay of Lying" (1891), Vivian throws into the mixing pot the wandering off of "Dragons," the soaring of "the phoenix," "the basilisk," "the jewel in the toad's head," "the Hippogriff," and the floating of "the Blue Bird" (Wilde, Criticism, 101).
Since the Serpentarium ceased trading, however, a new public attraction to replace it has arisen in Walsall, a large new art gallery, in its way every bit as surprising as was the largest reptile petshop in Europe: for one no more expects to find art in Walsall than king cobras or bearded basilisks.
2) Emerald basilisks are tropical lizards that can run at high speed on their hind legs.
including amphisbenas, asps, basilisks, dragons, and hydruses.
The tower, of course, does fall, returning to its obdurate, constituent parts: "hornless unicorns, / Cracked basilisks, and splintered cockatrices" (ll.
We have the same impression when a page from "a very old library book" (from what we are led to infer, a medieval bestiary), describing basilisks and their habits, refers to the "crowing of the rooster" as deadly to these serpents, since presumably the "crowing of the cock" might have offended tender ears (Chamber of Secrets 215).
never mind the blast-ended skrewts, dementors, acromantulas, basilisks, werewolves, dragons or Fluffy.
Moreover, 'composite creatures' -- even those which were not fabulous, monstrous, or bizarre (such as griffins, basilisks and manticores) -- frequently exercised the imaginations of mediaeval authors and illustrators.
Within the wainscot, human beings share their physical space with other, non-human, intelligent beings--hobgoblins, bogeymen, basilisks, centaurs, werewolves, ghosts which in Primary Reality can only exist as metaphors for human perceptions of their environment as benign, indifferent, capricious, or outright hostile.
It is interesting that Fawkes saves Harry as according to legend it is another bird, the rooster, which travelers would carry as protection from basilisks (Colbert, 36).
So happy be the issue, brother England, Of this good day and of this gracious meeting, As we are now glad to behold the eyes, Your eyes which hitherto have borne in them Against the French that met them in their bent The fatal balls of murdering basilisks.