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basilisk an imaginary creature (called also cockatrice), supposed to kill by its very look: “sighted like the basilisk,” THE WINTER'S TALE, i. 2. 388 ; “come, basilisk, And kill the innocent gazer with thy sight,” 2 HENRY VI., iii. 2. 52 ; “I'll slay more gazers than the basilisk,” 3 HENRY VI., iii. 3. 187 ; “It is a basilisk unto mine eye,” CYMBELINE, ii. 4. 107 ; “Their chiefest prospect murdering basilisks!” 2 HENRY VI., iii. 2. 324 ; “Would they were basilisks, to strike thee dead!” RICHARD III., i. 2. 150.

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