basilisk

European - A fabulous monster, part cockatrice, part dragon, which could kill with its eyes or its breath. In some accounts the basilisk is equated with the cockatrice; others refer to it as the king of the serpents. Some say that it was hatched from an egg laid by a cockerel and incubated by a toad. It is depicted as about a foot long with a white mark or golden cross on its head and with its tail in its mouth. Also identified as basilisk.

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