cockatrice


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monster hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg

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No reason exists to disbelieve, then, that some members of Shakespeare's audience would have likened Richard III to the cockatrice myth, especially when the Duchess of York, Richard's mother, bemoans the fact that she gave birth to such a monster:
Through the ages its appearance has changed and it is often described as a yellow-feathered, four-legged cock with a crown, thorny wings, and a serpent's tail ending in a hook or another cock's head; hence it also became known as the "Cockatrice" (Borges 44; Gordon 77).
Some of the most compelling animals exist in the imagination, be they the snake-tailed rooster from Greek antiquity known as the cockatrice or the water deity know to Hindu and Buddhist cultures as the naga.
Some of the most compelling animals through history are the kind that exist strictly in the imagination, be they the snake-tailed rooster from Greek antiquity known as the cockatrice or the water deity know to Hindu and Buddhist cultures as the naga.
(18) By the end of the century, William Wotton complained of "the sly Insinuations of the Men of Wit, That no great Things have ever, or are ever likely to be perform'd by the Men of Gresham, and, That every Man whom they call a Virtuoso, must needs be a Sir Nicolas Gimcrack." (19) In a 1710 paper of The Tatler, Joseph Addison penned Gimcracks will, in which the virtuoso bequeaths butterflies, shells, a "female skeleton" and a "dried cockatrice" to his "dear wife." (20)
(19) Similarly, Drayton's amusing description of his lady as 'three serpents'--the 'dangerous eye-killing Cockatrice', 'th'inchaunting Syren' and 'the weeping Crocodile' (30, 1594) could also be a reference to the contemporary descriptions of moon-goddess Diana as a threatening tripartite being (20), particularly as it immediately follows--and renders risible--the conventional invocation of Idea as the sun (29,1594).
bestow my worldly goods and chattles in manner following: Imprimis, to my dear wife, One box of butterflies, One drawer of shells, A female skeleton, A dried cockatrice Item, to my daughter Elizabeth, My receipt for preserving dead caterpillars.
the cockatrice's eggs of impure thoughts and desires will be hatched....
Theologians find the culture of images, graven and otherwise, as fascinating and seductive as a cockatrice. Yet film studies has not until recently seemed interested.
Tommy was a 19-year-old seaman on the minesweeper HMS Cockatrice, spearheading an armada of ships clearing the coast ahead of the invasion.
If we consider the Christian overtones of that union, and also the fact that this particular sonnet celebrates the future union of the prey and its predator (here a spider, but previously a lion, a tiger, a cockatrice) it is impossible not to hear, in the prophetic tone of its closing couplet ("Thenceforth eternall peace shall bee ..."), an echo that is more transcendent than that of its obvious classical source.
Say thou but 'ay', And that bare vowel 'I' shall poison more Than the darting eye of cockatrice. I am not I, if there be such an 'ay', Or those eyes shut, that makes thee answer 'ay'.
The poem begins with an italicized string of seemingly random nouns: "tallow tongues of oxen cock messias sorrel pox a glass / a root a dish an open dish a cockatrice a ring a key" (5).
Through a detailed discussion of snake imagery in Coleridge's other works, Keane demonstrates the pedigree of the 'slimy things with legs' in the cockatrice from which the viper Pitt was hatched.
As Lewis notes, one cannot have a counterpart that is a cockatrice if one is not otherwise a cockatrice.