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basilisk

bas·i·lisk

basilisk

 
pronunciation:
bae s lihsk [or] bae z lihsk
part of speech: noun
definition 1: in classical mythology, a lizard, serpent, or dragon with a deadly breath or glance.
definition 2: any of various tropical American lizards characterized by an erectile crest on the head and the ability to run at high speeds.
derivation: basiliscan (n.)