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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 bas·i·lisk /ˈbæsəˌlɪsk, ˈbæzə-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bas·i·lisk n.
 1. A fabulous serpent, or dragon. The ancients alleged that its hissing would drive away all other serpents, and that its breath, and even its look, was fatal. See Cockatrice.
    Make me not sighted like the basilisk.   --Shak.
 2. Zool. A lizard of the genus Basiliscus, belonging to the family Iguanidæ.
 Note:This genus is remarkable for a membranous bag rising above the occiput, which can be filled with air at pleasure; also for an elevated crest along the back, that can be raised or depressed at will.
 3. Mil. A large piece of ordnance, so called from its supposed resemblance to the serpent of that name, or from its size. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: (classical mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) able
           to kill with its breath or glance
      2: ancient brass cannon
      3: small crested arboreal lizard able to run on its hind legs;
         of tropical America

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    (in R.V., Isa. 11:8; 14:29; 59:5; Jer. 8:17), the "king
    serpent," as the name imports; a fabulous serpent said to be
    three spans long, with a spot on its head like a crown. Probably
    the yellow snake is intended. (See COCKATRICE.)