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dipsas

(ˈdɪpsæs)
n, pl dipsades
1. (Animals) a member of a genus of harmless snakes (Dipsas) of the family Colubridae
2. myth a serpent with a bite that caused terrible thirst in its victim
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Tellus engages the 'notable witch' Dipsas to make her erstwhile lover Endymion fall into 'such a dead sleep that nothing can wake or move him'.
Dipsas maxillaris (Werner) is only known from the holotype, the origin probably in error (suspected to be in South America), and the taxon possibly a synonym of D.
The best-known episode of the Theriaca tells how a thirsty donkey trades humankind's immortality to the dipsas snake for a drink of water (342-58).
5 Dipsas catesbyi (Sentzen, 1796) 2 Drepanoides anomalus (Jan, 1863) 1 Drymoluber dichrous (Peters, 1863) 1 Taeniophallus affinis (Gunther, 1858) 2 Echinanthera melanostigma (Wagler in Spix, 1824) 3 Elapomorphus quinquelineatus (Raddi, 1820) 12 Epicrates cenchria (Linnaeus, 1758) 3 Erythrolamprus a.
Scott suggests that Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra is a serpent-woman, related to the classical Dipsas, but a 'redeeming' version.
Sir Thopas falls in love first with Dipsas and then with Bagoa, two old sorceresses; as Epiton memorably puts it, "[his] master loveth antique work" (5.2.35).
Nuevos registros de distribucion geografica con notas bioecologicas sobre Dipsas indica, Laurenti, 1768 (Serpentes: Colubridae) en Venezuela.