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n. pl. cerastes
Either of two venomous snakes of the genus Cerastes that have a hornlike projection over each eye, including the horned viper.
[Middle English, from Latin cerastēs, from Greek kerastēs, horned serpent, from keras, horn; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -tes
(Animals) any venomous snake of the genus Cerastes, esp the horned viper
[C16: from Latin: horned serpent, from Greek kerastēs horned, from keras horn]
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n., pl. -tes.
2. any of several small African vipers of the genus Cerastes.
[< New Latin (1768) < Greek kerástēs literally, something horned <kerat-, s. of kéras horn]
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|Noun||1.||cerastes - highly venomous viper of northern Africa and southwestern Asia having a horny spine above each eye|
viper - venomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow venom-conducting fangs in the upper jaw
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