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What makes rooster laying eggs?

In the myth of the Basilisk, the monster was born from the egg layed by a rooster. And there were medieval processes, where a rooster was condemned to the death for laying an egg. But how it was ...
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What is the difference between a cockatrice and a basilisk?

What is the difference between a cockatrice and a basilisk? I have heard both described as a chicken's egg hatched under a toad, and that both are snake-like animals, and that both will turn you to ...
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Why is the crow of a rooster fatal to a basilisk?

There are a lot of mythological references, which states that the crow of a rooster is fatal to a Basilisk. From CHAPTER XXXVI of the Bulfinch's mythology, MODERN MONSTERS- THE PHOENIX- BASILISK- ...