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n. pl. fer-de-lance
Any of several tropical American pit vipers of the genus Bothrops, typically having brown and grayish markings.
[French, from fer de lance, spearhead : fer, iron + de, of + lance, spear.]
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(Animals) a large highly venomous tropical American snake, Trimeresurus (or Bothops) atrox, with a greyish-brown mottled coloration: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
[C19: from French, literally: iron (head) of a lance]
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fer-de-lance(ˌfɛr dlˈæns, -ˈɑns)
a large pit viper, Bothrops atrox, of tropical America.
[1875–80; < French: literally, spearhead]
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|Noun||1.||fer-de-lance - large extremely venomous pit viper of Central America and South America|
pit viper - New World vipers with hollow fangs and a heat-sensitive pit on each side of the head
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