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vi·per

 (vī′pər)
n.
1. Any of various venomous snakes of the family Viperidae, having a thick heavy body and a single pair of long hollow fangs, especially the Eurasian and African species of the subfamily Viperinae, which lack the sensory pits of the pit vipers.
2. Any of several harmless snakes sometimes believed to be venomous.
3. A person regarded as malicious or treacherous.

[Middle English vipere, from Old French, from Latin vīpera, snake, contraction of *vīvipera : vīvus, alive; see gwei- in Indo-European roots + parere, to give birth; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]

viper

(ˈvaɪpə)
n
1. (Animals) any venomous Old World snake of the family Viperidae, esp any of the genus Vipera (the adder and related forms), having hollow fangs in the upper jaw that are used to inject venom
2. (Animals) any of various other snakes, such as the horned viper
3. (Animals) See pit viper
4. a malicious or treacherous person
[C16: from Latin vīpera, perhaps from vīvus living + parere to bear, referring to a tradition that the viper was viviparous]
ˈviper-ˌlike adj

vi•per

(ˈvaɪ pər)

n.
1. any venomous snake of the cosmopolitan family Viperidae, characterized by a pair of hollow fangs that can be erected for biting and injecting venom: includes the adders, puff adders, and pit vipers.
2. any of various other venomous or supposedly venomous snakes.
3. a malignant, spiteful, or treacherous person.
[1520–30; < Latin vīpera, haplological variant of *vīvipera, n. use of feminine of *vīviper, later (as re-formation) vīviparus viviparous]
vi′per•ish, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.viper - venomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow venom-conducting fangs in the upper jawviper - venomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow venom-conducting fangs in the upper jaw
ophidian, serpent, snake - limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
family Viperidae, Viperidae - Old World vipers
common viper, Vipera berus, adder - small terrestrial viper common in northern Eurasia
asp, asp viper, Vipera aspis - of southern Europe; similar to but smaller than the adder
Bitis arietans, puff adder - large African viper that inflates its body when alarmed
Bitis gabonica, gaboon viper - large heavy-bodied brilliantly marked and extremely venomous west African viper
cerastes, Cerastes cornutus, horned asp, horned viper, sand viper - highly venomous viper of northern Africa and southwestern Asia having a horny spine above each eye
pit viper - New World vipers with hollow fangs and a heat-sensitive pit on each side of the head
Translations
أفْعى
змия
zmije
hugorm
viperovipuro
kyykyykäärme
vipera
naîra/snákur
vipera
angis
odze
năpârcă
vretenica
gad
huggorm
engerek yılanı

viper

[ˈvaɪpəʳ] N (lit, fig) → víbora f

viper

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viper

n (Zool) → Viper f; (fig)Schlange f

viper

[ˈvaɪpəʳ] n (Zool) (also) (fig) → vipera

viper

(ˈvaipə) noun
an adder.

vi·per

n. víbora.

viper

n víbora
References in classic literature ?
When a man with the feelings of a gentleman finds himself engaged to a young lady, and it comes (even on the part of a member of the family) to vipers, you know
He was a gallows-looking dog, but not more so than most Indian dogs, who, take them in the mass, are little better than a generation of vipers.
While thus looking upwards, he unknowingly trod upon a Viper asleep just before his feet.
Do you recall that time you stepped upon the thing you call viper in your world?
There, sir,' said Pott, retreating from the stove, 'and that's the way I would serve the viper who produces it, if I were not, fortunately for him, restrained by the laws of my country.
He was constantly wounded, and yet his good- nature was such that he could not bear malice: the viper might sting him, but he never learned by experience, and had no sooner recovered from his pain than he tenderly placed it once more in his bosom.
Every time that that young viper passes in front of my cell, she sets my blood in a ferment.
Cuvier, in opposition to some other naturalists, makes this a sub-genus of the rattlesnake, and intermediate between it and the viper.
Moreover, you must remember that the beauty I possess was no choice of mine, for, be it what it may, Heaven of its bounty gave it me without my asking or choosing it; and as the viper, though it kills with it, does not deserve to be blamed for the poison it carries, as it is a gift of nature, neither do I deserve reproach for being beautiful; for beauty in a modest woman is like fire at a distance or a sharp sword; the one does not burn, the other does not cut, those who do not come too near.
And now," said Athos, resuming his cloak and putting on his hat, "now that I have drawn your teeth, viper, bite if you can.
Very well; if ever you meet him again, wherever it may be, whether on the high road or in the street or in a church, anywhere that he or you may be, put your foot on his neck and crush him without pity, without mercy, as you would crush a viper or a scorpion
You are a giant," said the marquise, "whom a viper is trying to bite in the heel.