ETYM Latin basiliscus, Greek basiliskos little king, kind of serpent, dim. of basileys king; -- so named from some prominences on the head resembling a crown.
Central and South American lizard, genus Basiliscus. It is able to run on its hind legs when traveling fast (about 11 kph/7 mph) and may dash a short distance across the surface of water. The male has a well-developed crest on the head, body, and tail.
Small crested arboreal lizard able to run on its hind legs; of tropical America.
Mythical fire-breathing reptile or one whose stare turned persons to stone; cockatrice; tree-lizard of Central America; ancient brass cannon.