fer-de-lance


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fer-de-lance

 (fĕr′dl-ăns′, -äns′)
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.]

fer-de-lance

(ˌfɛədəˈlɑːns)
n
(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]

fer-de-lance

(ˌfɛr dlˈæns, -ˈɑns)

n.
a large pit viper, Bothrops atrox, of tropical America.
[1875–80; < French: literally, spearhead]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fer-de-lance - large extremely venomous pit viper of Central America and South Americafer-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
Bothrops, genus Bothrops - fer-de-lance
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