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1. A venomous African viper (Bitis arietans) having crescent-shaped yellowish markings.
2. See hognose snake.
[So called because it inflates its body when excited.]
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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
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1. a large, thick-bodied, African viper, Bitis arietans, that inflates its body and hisses when disturbed.
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|Noun||1.||puff 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
|2.||puff 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
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