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cockatrice

1. a legendary monster, part snake and part cock, that could kill with a glance
2. another name for basilisk

cockatrice

half-serpent, half-cock; kills with glance. [Heraldry: Brewer Dictionary, 243]
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A cockatrice hast thou hatch'd to the world, Whose unavoided eye is murderous.
The passages in Isaiah, "They hatch cockatrice's eggs and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper" (Isaiah, 59:5), and Jeremiah, "For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the Lord" (Jeremiah 8:17) underscore the basilisk's treatment in Christianity as an emblem of sin and the spirit of evil, a wickedly fascinating serpent similar to that which tempted Eve in the book of Genesis (Breiner 115).
Tommy, with his hands in pockets and body braced against the wind, points across the sea to the spot where Cockatrice was anchored with Warspite after its risky D-Day operation.
Shortly before that, the beloved has appeared once more as a destructive force, perceived in mythological terms, as in A 49 ("Let us feele th'utmost of your receltyes/ And kill with looks, as cockatrices do").
Linton is variously termed "paltry creature," "the vapid thing" (WH, 265), a "distorted nature" (WH, 310), "a feeble tool" (WH, 313), "confirmed invalid" (WH, 318), "abject reptile" (WH, 324), and a "cockatrice" (WH, 333), venomous and deadly.
cockatrice Old French cocatris ichneumon, crocodile, cockatrice
The cockatrice was so called because it was said to be produced from a cock's egg hatched by a serpent.
The ladies' toilets at Liverpool Medical Institution offer an interactive experience involving the conversation which goes on between the cubicles, in an installation called Talking Stalls, while Tate Liverpool has something completely different in the shape of an interactive puppet performance, The Cockatrice, based on the animal kingdom and performed by Headstrung Theatre.
Say thou but 'Ay', / And that bare vowel 'I' shall poison more / Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice" [3.2.45-7]'.
viper, a beast, a mad dog, a snake, and a cockatrice ...
Alabama: "the cockatrice's egg that hatched forth the Puritan ..."
of a Cockatrice" (F2) "Cockatrices eyes" (A & V 5.1.115) 176 "begger him" (F2) "beggerd me" (WD 3.2.221) Cf.