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basilisk a huge piece of ordnance, carrying a ball of very great weight: “Of basilisks, of cannon, culverin,” 1 HENRY IV., ii. 3. 50 ; “The fatal balls of murdering basilisks,” HENRY V., v. 2. 17 ; but in the second of these passages there is a double allusion,—to pieces of ordnance, and to the fabulous creatures named basilisks. See the preceding article.

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    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 2.3
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 5.2
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