Cockatrice

“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 bybasilisk”). 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.”

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