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

 cock·a·trice /ˈkɑkətrəs, ˌtraɪs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cock·a·trice n.
 1. A fabulous serpent whose breath and look were said to be fatal. See Basilisk.
 That bare vowel, I, shall poison more
 Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice.   --Shak.
 2. Her. A representation of this serpent. It has the head, wings, and legs of a bird, and tail of a serpent.
 3. Script. A venomous serpent which which cannot now be identified.
    =\The weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's
 Note: [Rev. Ver. basilisk's] den.\=   --Is. xi. 8.
 4. Any venomous or deadly thing.
    This little cockatrice of a king.   --Bacon.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : monster hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg; able to kill
          with a glance

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    the mediaeval name (a corruption of "crocodile") of a fabulous
    serpent supposed to be produced from a cock's egg. It is
    generally supposed to denote the cerastes, or "horned viper," a
    very poisonous serpent about a foot long. Others think it to be
    the yellow viper (Daboia xanthina), one of the most dangerous
    vipers, from its size and its nocturnal habits (Isa. 11:8;
    14:29; 59:5; Jer. 8:17; in all which the Revised Version renders
    the Hebrew _tziph'oni_ by "basilisk"). In Prov. 23:32 the Hebrew
    _tzeph'a_ is rendered both in the Authorized Version and the
    Revised Version by "adder;" margin of Revised Version
    "basilisk," and of Authorized Version "cockatrice."