puff adder


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n puff adder harmless North American snake with upturned nose; may spread its head and neck or play dead when disturbed
    • n puff adder large African viper that inflates its body when alarmed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Puff adder (Zoöl) Any South African viper belonging to Clotho and allied genera. They are exceedingly venomous, and have the power of greatly distending their bodies when irritated. The common puff adder (Vipera arietansorClotho arietans) is the largest species, becoming over four feet long. The plumed puff adder (Clotho cornuta) has a plumelike appendage over each eye.
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In literature:

We have another dangerous serpent, the puff adder, and several vipers.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
Cobras and puff adders are scarce, to be sure, but very deadly.
"The Land of Footprints" by Stewart Edward White
She's as deadly as a puff adder and she collects men.
"The Lani People" by J. F. Bone
It did not take long, and he saw no puff-adders.
"Jess" by H. Rider Haggard
A native ran forward and pinned down the puff-adder with his walking-stick of which the top was forked.
"Smith and the Pharaohs, and Other Tales" by Henry Rider Haggard
Snakes are somewhat rare, the most dangerous being the puff-adder.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Tobacco-juice will kill a puff-adder.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 28, April 1893" by Various
The next moment his blade whished through the air, and the puff-adder's head lay upon the ground.
"Off to the Wilds" by George Manville Fenn
A puff-adder was his first thought, looking around for the reptile.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
Puff adders and moccasins are deadly enough, but they are mild beside the rattler.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely

In news:

According to Van Horn, the slow-acting puff-adder venom causes.
'We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage'.