It has become associated with any creature that is formed by putting together different parts together.
The monster from Greek mythology is a lion with a goat’s head and a snake’s tail (or snake’s head for a tail). Its parents (such as they were in Greek mythology) were Typhon and Echidna.
Funny thing–I can’t pronounce it without practicing it in my head first.
“Ky mer a”
First try! (Batman in The Lego Movie has got nothing on me!)
This North African legendary monster was hatched by a serpent from the egg of a cock. Yep. I think my gaze would be deadly, too, if I were hatched from a rooster’s egg.
This creature has the head, legs, and wings of a chicken or a dragon (depending on who’s telling the story) and the body and tail of a serpent.
Sometimes it was known to have an extra head at the end of its tail and had a deadly poison cured only by a cockerel.
On an episode (“Stare Master”) of My Little Pony, a cockatrice turns Twilight to stone, but Fluttershy saves her by scaring the creature into reversing the spell. (I might have been forced to watch that episode a few million times with Armadillo when she was younger.)
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chimera_Apulia_Louvre_K362.jpg (public domain)
Which super power would you rather have? The fire breath or the killing glare?