• WordNet 3.6
    • n viper venomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow venom-conducting fangs in the upper jaw
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest fangs of a snake are found on the Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica), and can reach over 2 inches in length
    • viper A dangerous, treacherous, or malignant person. "Who committed
      To such a viper his most sacred trust
      Of secrecy."
    • viper (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of Old World venomous snakes belonging to Vipera Clotho Daboia, and other genera of the family Viperidæ. "There came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand."
    • viper Loosely, any venomous or presumed venomous snake.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Rome, people found guilty of murdering their fathers were executed in a bizarre manner. The punishment was to be put in a sack with a rooster, a viper, and a dog, then drowned along with all three animals.
    • n viper A venomous snake of the family Viperidæ: originally and especially applied to the only serpent of this kind occurring in the greater part of Europe, Vipera communis Or Pelias beruts. This is the only poisonous reptile which is found in Great Britain, and there it is neither very common nor very dangerous. There are several genera and many species, of vipers properly so called, all Old World, chiefly of warm countries, all poisonous, and most of them very dangerous if not fatal; they are known indifferently as vipers, asps, or adders. See Viperidæ, and cuts under adder, Cerastes, and daboya.
    • n viper Any venomous serpent except a rattlesnake; a viperine; a cobriform and not crotali form serpent, as a cobra, asp, or adder; also, loosely, any serpent that is venomous, or supposed to be so; a dangerous, repulsive, or ugly snake. In the United States the name is commonly but erroneously applied to various spotted snakes, especially to some supposed to be venomous, but in fact innocuous: as, the water-viper, Ancistrodon piscivorus, the water-moccasin, poisonous; the blowing-viper and black viper, Heterodon platyrhinos and H. niger, both harmless, though of formidable and repulsive aspect. See cuts under asp, cobra-de-capello, copperhead, moccasin, andpit-viper.
    • n viper In heraldry, a serpent used as a bearing, some writers avoid the word serpent and use viper instead, there being no difference in the representations.
    • n viper One who or that which is mischievous or malignant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Viper vī′pėr a genus of venomous snakes, representative of family Viperidæ—the Common Viper or adder being the only poisonous snake indigenous to Britain: loosely, any venomous serpent except a rattlesnake, any cobriform serpent: any base, malicious person
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  • John Major
    John Major
    “I am walking over hot coals suspended over a deep pit at the bottom of which are a large number of vipers baring their fangs.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. vipère, L. vipera, probably contr. fr. vivipera,; vivus, alive + parere, to bring forth, because it was believed to be the only serpent that brings forth living young. Cf. Quick (a.) Parent Viviparous Wivern Weever
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vipera (contr. of vivipara)—vivus, living, parĕre, to bring forth.


In literature:

He was ready to kill the temptress as he would a beautiful viper.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
Viper of Milan, The (original edition).
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
Here is a viper twined about my limbs, trying to dart its fangs into my heart!
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
Then I observe the vipers vipe; They're a most interesting type.
"Marjorie at Seacote" by Carolyn Wells
Headlong the staggering ship was driven upon Los Viboros, (The Vipers) that infamous group of hidden rocks off Jamaica.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
Viper and imp of Satan!
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
Facts put fangs out and bite us; life stings and grows viperous; And time's fugues are a hubbub of meaningless tones.
"The Heptalogia" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
I have heard of people who like to nurse vipers; can friend C. be of this strange band?
"The Cockaynes in Paris" by Blanchard Jerrold
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
"Westminster Sermons with a Preface" by Charles Kingsley
The making Sanedrims a part of Pow'r, Nurst but those Vipers which its Sire devour.
"Anti-Achitophel (1682)" by Elkanah Settle et al.

In poetry:

A honey-shower rains from her lips,
Sweet lights shine in her face;
She hath the blush of virgin mind,
The mind of viper's race.
"Love's Servile Lot" by Robert Southwell
"Wife, fetch my seven-league boots at once!" he shouted;
"I'll catch the vipers yet!"
He stamped his feet into the magic leather
With many a muttered threat;
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
Sincere themselves, ah! too secure to find
The common bosom, like their own, sincere!
'Tis its own guilt alarms the jealous mind;
'Tis her own poison bids the viper fear.
"Elegy XV. In Memory of a Private Family in Worcestershire" by William Shenstone
Remember the Viper:--'twas close at your feet;
How you started, and threw yourself into my arms;
Not a Strawberry there was so ripe nor so sweet
As the lips which I kiss'd to subdue your alarms.
"Nancy" by Robert Bloomfield
Thou liquid fire! like that which glowed
On Melita's surf-beaten shore,
Thou'st been upon my guests bestowed,
But thou shalt warm my house no more.
For, wheresoe'er thy radiance falls,
Forth, from thy heat, a viper crawls!
"Hymns and Odes for Temperance Occasions III" by John Pierpont
Willy stood up like a man, and look'd the thing that he meant;
Jenny, the viper, made me a mocking courtesy and went.
And I said, `Let us part: in a hundred years it'll all be the same,
You cannot love me at all, if you love not my good name.'
"The Grandmother" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

A Tale of Two Vipers .
We're still testing the Viper 's battery, but at the moment it looks to provide acceptable, but not extraordinary performance.
Android and Apps The Viper 's dual-core, 1.2GHz processor runs the 400,000 apps for Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" beautifully.
As an auto writer friend and I charged along winding roads in California in the the 2013 SRT Viper , we kept coming back to the same excited compliment.
Viper Black Edition VTX Speed Control raises the bar as the most advanced speed control system available.
The Viper will run on Sprint's LTE network, but as is the case with the Nexus, I wan't able to test out the Viper 's LTE performance.
Speaking of the camera, the Viper has two: a VGA front-facing camera for video calls and chats, and a 5-megapixel camera on the rear of the phone.
Officially, there are no 2007 Dodge Vipers —the 520-hp 2006 Viper was the last of the third-generation sports cars.
Features of A1's VPR-S Viper Picks include.
The Viper 's standard cabin roof A/C unit is ducted to fully adjustable ceiling registers in the cabin, bath and bedroom.
View this 2009 Dodge Viper Photo 5.
1999 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe.
To be polite about it, the old Dodge Viper was.
Today's Dodge Viper is essentially a street-legal race car.
Little by little we're getting a clearer picture of the next-generation Dodge Viper SRT10.

In science:

Sub-millimetre polarization measurements were also made using the SPARO polarimeter on the 2.1 m Viper Telescope, of the dichroic emission at 450mm from aligned, cold dust grains.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Butterfly knot, clove hitch knot, Gordian knot, hangman’s knot, vipers’ tangle - knots are familiar ob jects, symbols of complexity, occasionally metaphors for evil.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
The Submillimetre Polarimeter for Antarctic Remote Observing (SPARO) was a 9-pixel 450 µm polarimetric imager developed by scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago for use with the Viper telescope, where it was installed from 2001–2003.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
Among the instruments deployed on Viper were SPARO (see the sub–mm section, above) and ACBAR, the Arcminute Cosmology Bolometer Array Receiver, a 16 element bolometer array cooled to just 250 mK that was deployed in 2000 (Runyan et al. 2003).
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
DASI specifically complemented the Viper telescope, especially the mm and sub–mm capabilities provided by ACBAR.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica