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  • n  (classical mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) able to kill with its breath or glance
  • n  ancient brass cannon
  • n  small crested arboreal lizard able to run on its hind legs; of tropical America

  • With a "basilisk artistry" on the lecture platform and "a certain ruthlessness," Huxley loved to bandy texts and split hairs with the theologians.
  • Even moviegoers who liked L'Avventura will probably find The Night black and cold; it has a basilisk intensity that turns the heart to stone.
  • Among a host of other duties, he has to edit every piece of copy that goes into PTI each week (he has, he says, a basilisk's eye complicated by journalist's cataract).
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  • Misconception Monday: The Cudahy Dome
    The Chamber of Secrets has been opened… Walk slowly: Tom Riddle may be inside waiting to summon the Basilisk lurking in the pipes. Or, it may just be an old, dilapidated dome locked from students with no use besides that of storage space. The Michael Cudahy Science Hall was built in 1912 and was the first building to be used [...]
    Nov. 11, 2013 - The Phoenix

  • Stephen Pound in Independent
    I spent 18 years under the Conservatives hoping never to see that woman again,says backbencher Stephen Pound. "The last thing I want to do is pass her basilisk stare on my way to work."

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