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.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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