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Any of various venomous snakes of the family Elapidae, such as the cobras, mambas, and coral snakes, having hollow, fixed fangs.
[From New Latin Elapidae, family name, from Late Greek elaps, elap-, fish, variant of Greek ellops.]
(Animals) any venomous snake of the mostly tropical family Elapidae, having fixed poison fangs at the front of the upper jaw and including the cobras, coral snakes, and mambas
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Elapidae
[C19: from New Latin Elapidae, from Medieval Greek elaps, elops a fish, sea serpent; perhaps related to Greek lepis scale]
el•a•pid(ˈɛl ə pɪd)
any venomous snake of the family Elapidae, having erect fangs in the upper jaw and including coral snakes and cobras.
[1880–85; < New Latin Elapidae=Elap-, s. of Elaps a genus (« Greek éllops a marine fish) + -idae -id2]
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|Noun||1.||elapid - any of numerous venomous fanged snakes of warmer parts of both hemispheres|
Elapidae, family Elapidae - cobras; kraits; mambas; coral snakes; Australian taipan and tiger snakes
harlequin-snake, New World coral snake, coral snake - any of several venomous New World snakes brilliantly banded in red and black and either yellow or white; widely distributed in South America and Central America
coral snake, Old World coral snake - any of various venomous elapid snakes of Asia and Africa and Australia
cobra - venomous Asiatic and African elapid snakes that can expand the skin of the neck into a hood
Hemachatus haemachatus, ringhals, rinkhals, spitting snake - highly venomous snake of southern Africa able to spit venom up to seven feet
mamba - arboreal snake of central and southern Africa whose bite is often fatal
Australian blacksnake, Pseudechis porphyriacus - large semiaquatic snake of Australia; black above with red belly
krait - brightly colored venomous but nonaggressive snake of southeastern Asia and Malay peninsula