Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Basilisk: A generic term for a large bronze cannon of exceptional power, used in the 15th and 16th centuries. Named after the 'king serpent' or dragon of legend, which had a supposed deadly breath and stare. In the 17th century, the term Basilisk was used for a ships cannon firing 14 1/2 pound stone or iron roundshot.

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