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 Basilid’ians.Basilisk. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Basilisco.
 
A braggart; a character in an old play entitled Solyman and Perseda. Shakespeare makes the Bastard say to his mother, who asks him why he boasted of his ill-birth, “Knight, knight, good mother, Basilisco-like”—i.e. my boasting has made me a knight. (King John, i. 1.)   1
 


 Basilid’ians.Basilisk. 

 
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