puff adder

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Related to Puff-adders: Puffing adder, Bitis lachesis, Vipera arietans

puff adder

n.
1. A venomous African viper (Bitis arietans) having crescent-shaped yellowish markings.

[So called because it inflates its body when excited.]

puff adder

n
1. (Animals) a large venomous African viper, Bitis arietans, that is yellowish-grey with brown markings and inflates its body when alarmed
2. (Animals) another name for hognose snake

puff′ ad`der


n.
1. a large, thick-bodied, African viper, Bitis arietans, that inflates its body and hisses when disturbed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puff adder - large African viper that inflates its body when alarmedpuff adder - large African viper that inflates its body when alarmed
viper - venomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow venom-conducting fangs in the upper jaw
Bitis, genus Bitis - a genus of Viperidae
2.puff adder - harmless North American snake with upturned nosepuff adder - harmless North American snake with upturned nose; may spread its head and neck or play dead when disturbed
colubrid, colubrid snake - mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes
genus Heterodon, Heterodon - a genus of small colubrid snakes containing the North American hognose snakes
Translations
vipère heurtante

puff adder

nvipera del deserto
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Manamela marched into the banking hall and tossed five puff-adders, one of Africa's deadliest snakes, onto the floor, scattering staff members.