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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.]

el′a·pid adj.


(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]


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elapid - any of numerous venomous fanged snakes of warmer parts of both hemispheres
ophidian, serpent, snake - limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
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
Denisonia superba, copperhead - venomous but sluggish reddish-brown snake of 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
Acanthophis antarcticus, death adder - venomous Australian snake resembling an adder
Notechis scutatus, tiger snake - highly venomous brown-and-yellow snake of Australia and Tasmania
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
Oxyuranus scutellatus, taipan - large highly venomous snake of northeastern Australia
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Surgical removal of venom glands in Australian elapid snakes: the creation of venomoids.
DISCUSSION: Indian poisonous snakes belong to the elapid family of the cobra and krait and the viperid family of the Russel's viper and the saw scaled viper.
Factor deficiencies in venom-induced consumption coagulopathy resulting from Australian elapid envenomation: Australian Snakebite Project (ASP-10).
Local hemorrhage is one of hemostatic disorders after Viperid and Elapid (including cobra) snakes' envenomations (GutiACopyrightrrez et al.
Activity patterns in Australian elapid snakes (Squamata: Serpentes: Elapidae).
For example, mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene sequences were used in taxonomic studies of Chilopoda (Edgecombe & Giribet 2004), Polydesmida (Marek & Bond 2007), Hymenoptera (Dowton & Austin 1994), Australian elapid snakes (Keogh et al.
The first volume presents venomous lizards and elapid and viperid snakes.
Factor deficiencies in venom induced consumption coagulopathy resulting from Australian elapid envenomation: Australian Snakebite Project (ASP-10).
Some snakes, such as those in the Elapid family (e.