The Amphisien Cockatrice looks much like a cock with a long serpent-like tail ending with a second head. The exact nature of the second head is varied. I have seen lion-like heads, snake-like heads and human heads taking their place on the Amphisien Cockatrice’s tail.
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Kip Kay @ Heraldry on History Road ©2008-2011
Amphistere. See Cockatrice.
A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry; Parker & Company (1894).
Amphisien cockatrice – (Am-phis’i-en cock’-a-trice) A name for the mythical animal called the Basilisk. It resembles a cockatrice, but is two headed, the second head being affixed to its tail.
Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry; Arthur Pimbley (1908).
Originally posted 2010-10-18 19:52:39.