- A legendary creature about the size and shape of a dragon or wyvern, but in appearance resembling a giant rooster, with some lizard-like characteristics.
"Peace reigns in happy Luxor. The lion lies down with the lamb, and the child, if it will, may harmlessly put its hand into the cockatrice's den" -- "The Spell of Egypt" by J. Walker McSpadden
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Cock"a*trice (-trīs; 277), n.
[OF. cocatrice crocodile, F. cocatrix,
cocatrice. The word is a corruption from the same source
as E. crocodile, but was confused with cock the
bird, F. coq, whence arose the fable that the animal was
produced from a cock's egg. See Crocodile.]
1. A fabulous serpent whose breath and
look were said to be fatal. See Basilisk.
That bare vowel, I, shall poison more
Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice.
2. (Her.) A representation of this
serpent. It has the head, wings, and legs of a bird, and tail of
3. (Script.) A venomous serpent
which which cannot now be identified.
The weaned child shall put his hand on the
cockatrice's [Rev. Ver. basilisk's] den.
Is. xi. 8.
4. Any venomous or deadly
This little cockatrice of a king.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Cockatrice, a monster with the wings of a fowl, the tail of a
dragon, and the head of a cock; alleged to have been hatched by a serpent
from a cock's egg; its breath and its fatal look are in mediæval art the
emblem of sin.
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