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basilisk:

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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Both Van Maerlant and Von Megenberg made references to several types of basilisks of which some could even fly, a belief that survived until the beginning of the seventeenth century.
Topsell (1608) is one of the first writers to doubt the existence of flying basilisks.
The snake then appears twice in The Chamber of Secrets [CS], first during a meeting of the dueling club, and then at the end of the book where Harry must battle Tom Riddle's dreaded "pet" basilisk.
While the incident with the boa constrictor introduces Harry's ability to converse with snakes, the significance of this skill is only developed later in The Chamber of Secrets when Harry hears an ominous voice in the corridors of Hogwarts, protects a fellow student from a snake by speaking Parseltongue, and utilizes this fantastic ability to locate and defeat Lord Voldemort's pet basilisk.
Tropidurus tail posture is more similar to that of basilisks (Snyder, 1949; Hsieh, 2003), which may produce some thrust in the terrestrial run.
Its high trunk angles and dragged tail can be compared to a basilisk running posture (Snyder, 1949; Hsieh, 2003).
In Central America, baby iguanas hatching on the Lost Island are hunted down by basilisk lizards.
But when we dehumanize even our pariahs, when "free agency" bears little reference either to individual state of mind or social constraint, we turn real--albeit awful--people into demons and devils, basilisks and behemoths.
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.
never mind the blast-ended skrewts, dementors, acromantulas, basilisks, werewolves, dragons or Fluffy.
This thing, which turns out to be a giant snake call-ed a Basilisk, is slithering about beneath and inside the walls of Hogwarts.
The basilisk can grow to a length of 32 inches (80 cm).