Cockatrice
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Easton's 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 (Isaiah 11:8; 14:29; 59:5; Jeremiah 8:17; in all which the Revised Version renders the Hebrew tziph'oni by "basilisk"). In Proverbs 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."
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A fabulous serpent whose breath and look were said to be fatal. See Basilisk.

2. (n.) A representation of this serpent. It has the head, wings, and legs of a bird, and tail of a serpent.

3. (n.) A venomous serpent which cannot now be identified.

4. (n.) Any venomous or deadly thing.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
COCKATRICE

Pliny (see Oxford Dictionary, under the word "Cockatrice") relates that the ichneumon darts down the open mouth of the crocodile, and destroys it by gnawing through its belly. In the course of time, as the story underwent changes, the animal was metamorphosed into a water snake, and was confused with the crocodile itself, and also with the basilisk. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition, the cockatrice was believed as late as the 17th century to be produced from a cock's egg and hatched by a serpent, and "to possess the most deadly powers, plants withering at its touch, and men and animals being poisoned by its look. It stood in awe however of the cock, the sound of whose crowing killed it.. The weasel alone among animals was unaffected by the glance of its evil eye, and attacked it at all times successfully; for when wounded by the monster's teeth it found a ready remedy in rue, the only plant which the cockatrice could not wither." The real ichneumon does kill the most deadly snakes, and has been supposed to resort to a vegetable antidote when bitten. It actually dies however when bitten by a deadly snake, and does not possess a knowledge of herbs, but its extraordinary agility enables it ordinarily to escape injury. It is interesting to see how the changing tale of this creature with its marvelous powers has made a hodge-podge of ichneumon, weasel, crocodile, and serpent.

The Biblical references (the King James Version Isaiah 11:8; Isaiah 59:5 Jeremiah 8:17) are doubtless to a serpent, the word "cockatrice," with its medieval implications, having been introduced by the translators of the King James Version.

See SERPENT.

Alfred Ely Day

Strong's Hebrew
6848. tsepha' -- a serpent
... adder, cockatrice From an unused root meaning to extrude; a viper (as thrusting
out the tongue, ie Hissing) -- adder, cockatrice. 6847, 6848. ...
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Library

The Universal Chorus
... Here they have, with much industry, hatched cockatrice eggs (Isaiah 59:5) ; and
their labours have been not only fallacious, but mischievous. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/newton/messiah vol 2/sermon l the universal chorus.htm

First, for Thy Thoughts.
... to suppress every sin in the first motion; dash Babylon's children, whilst they
are young, against the stones; tread, betimes, the cockatrice's egg, lest it ...
//christianbookshelf.org/bayly/the practice of piety/first for thy thoughts.htm

Going Out and Going In
... enough. So it toys with leviathan, and 'lays its hand on the cockatrice
den,' and my text is an instance of this. 'My decease ... ...
/.../expositions of holy scripture ephesians peter/going out and going in.htm

The Millennium in Relation to Creation.
... ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of an asp, and the weaned
child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den. They ...
/.../pink/the redeemers return/6 the millennium in relation.htm

The Sucker from the Felled Oak
... lion shall eat straw like the ox.8. And the sucking child shall play on the hole
of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den.9 ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture h/the sucker from the felled.htm

Flimsy Garments
... He has been pouring out swift, indignant denunciation on the evil-doers in Israel;
and, says he, 'they hatch cockatrice's eggs and spin spiders' webs,' pointing ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture h/flimsy garments.htm

Would You See when and Where the Kingdoms of this Fallen World are ...
... The suckling child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den." For, (NB) "they
shall not HURT or DESTROY in all my holy mountain," that is, through all holy ...
/.../address 211 0 0 would you see.htm

Cliii. Report of the Same to the Empresses Pulcheria and Eudoxia.
... As the prophet says "They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web; and
he that would eat of their eggs when he breaks them findeth rottenness, and ...
/.../theodoret/the ecclesiastical history of theodoret/cliii report of the same.htm

Jericho; Or, the Waters Healed. 2Ki 2:19-22
... For sin has infected his blood,. And poisoned the streams of his heart: Though
cockatrice eggs he can hatch, Is 54:5. Or, spider-like, cobwebs can weave; ...
//christianbookshelf.org/newton/olney hymns/hymn 37 jericho or the.htm

On the Mission of the Seventy Disciples, and Christ's Charge to ...
... Happily the Creator has promised by Isaiah to give this power even to little children,
of putting their hand in the cockatrice den and on the hole of the young ...
/.../tertullian/the five books against marcion/chapter xxiv on the mission of.htm

Thesaurus
Cockatrice (3 Occurrences)
... 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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Basilisk (3 Occurrences)
... Probably the yellow snake is intended. (see COCKATRICE.). ... See Cockatrice. 2. (n.)
A lizard of the genus Basiliscus, belonging to the family Iguanidae. ...
/b/basilisk.htm - 9k

Cock (12 Occurrences)

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Serpent (40 Occurrences)
... (7) tsepha`, occurs only in Isaiah 14:29 where it is translated "adder" (the King
James Version "cockatrice," the English Revised Version "basilisk ...
/s/serpent.htm - 46k

Egg (3 Occurrences)
... Eggs deserted (Isaiah 10:14), of a bird (Deuteronomy 22:6), an ostrich (Job 39:14),
the cockatrice (Isaiah 59:5). In Luke 11:12, an egg is contrasted with a ...
/e/egg.htm - 10k

Palestina (3 Occurrences)
... 14:29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee
is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his ...
/p/palestina.htm - 7k

Cockatrices (1 Occurrence)

/c/cockatrices.htm - 6k

Asp (3 Occurrences)
... (See JPS YLT). Isaiah 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. ...
/a/asp.htm - 9k

Adder (9 Occurrences)
... (3.) Tziphoni ("hissing") (Proverbs 23:32); elsewhere rendered "cockatrice," Isaiah
11:8; 14:29; 59:5; Jeremiah 8:17, as it is here in the margin of the ...
/a/adder.htm - 11k

Sucking (7 Occurrences)
... Isaiah 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned
child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. (KJV JPS ASV DBY RSV). ...
/s/sucking.htm - 8k

Concordance
Cockatrice (3 Occurrences)

Isaiah 11:8
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
(KJV YLT)

Isaiah 14:29
Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
(KJV)

Isaiah 59:5
They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
(KJV WBS)

Subtopics

Cockatrice

Cockatrice: Figurative

Related Terms

Basilisk (3 Occurrences)

Cock (12 Occurrences)

Serpent (40 Occurrences)

Egg (3 Occurrences)

Palestina (3 Occurrences)

Cockatrices (1 Occurrence)

Asp (3 Occurrences)

Adder (9 Occurrences)

Sucking (7 Occurrences)

Breaketh (49 Occurrences)

Played (50 Occurrences)

Eateth (81 Occurrences)

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