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basilisk (2 cf. ‘serpentine’, ‘culverin’)
1. fabulous reptile, also called cockatrice, supposed to be hatched by a serpent from a cock's egg and said to kill by its breath and look Wint. I. ii. 388.
2. large cannon, generally made of brass 1H4 II. iii. 58, H5 V. ii. 17 (with pun on sense 1).
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    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 2.3
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 5.2
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