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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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With assistance from Investigator Cynthia Harcher, a search warrant was obtained and executed, revealing one beaded lizard, two puff adders, and three monocled cobras.
An eastward extension of Namibia traversed by the Kwando, Zambezi, and Chobe rivers, it is full of game and Africans, thriving amid the puff adders, leopards, hippos, mambas, elephants, and giant crocs.
Here, a night of drama, which saw the family in fear of adders (or puff adders as described in the book), ended at Hexham General Hospital after young Phoebe fell over and bit through her lip.
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