• Basil Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) The skin of a sheep tanned with bark.
  2. (n.) The slope or angle to which the cutting edge of a tool, as a plane, is ground.
  3. (v. t.) To grind or form the edge of to an angle.
  4. (n.) The name given to several aromatic herbs of the Mint family, but chiefly to the common or sweet basil (Ocymum basilicum), and the bush basil, or lesser basil (O. minimum), the leaves of which are used in cookery. The name is also given to several kinds of mountain mint (Pycnanthemum).

• Basilisk Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) A large piece of ordnance, so called from its supposed resemblance to the serpent of that name, or from its size.
  2. (n.) A lizard of the genus Basiliscus, belonging to the family Iguanidae.
  3. (n.) A fabulous serpent, or dragon. The ancients alleged that its hissing would drive away all other serpents, and that its breath, and even its look, was fatal. See Cockatrice.