Definition of cockatrice in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒkətrʌɪs/


1 another term for basilisk (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • Should you ever even think you see a basilisk or cockatrice, shut your eyes immediately and change the view to something else.
1.1 Heraldry A mythical animal depicted as a two-legged dragon (or wyvern) with a cock’s head.
Example sentences
  • The unicorn bounced back to her as the cockatrices caught up and continued to flock overhead.
  • The fireballs simply swirled into a funnel when they neared the foes chest, and the entire cockatrice glowed a bright blue as the magic was absorbed into its body.
  • A family of pegasi stood tethered, eyeing a nearby slumbering cockatrice with understandable uneasiness.


Late Middle English: from Old French cocatris, from Latin calcatrix 'tracker' (from calcare 'to tread or track'), translating Greek ikhneumōn (see ichneumon).

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