death adder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n death adder venomous Australian snake resembling an adder
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Death adder (Zoöl) A kind of viper found in South Africa (Acanthophis tortor); -- so called from the virulence of its venom.
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Usage

In literature:

You have met my scorpions, my death-adders, my baboon-man.
"The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu" by Sax Rohmer
He called them dogs, but the earth people called them snakes, the death adder, the black snake, and the tiger snake.
"Australian Legendary Tales" by K. Langloh Parker
But Pretty Pierre was like the death-adder, small and beautiful, silent and deadly.
"Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Complete" by Gilbert Parker
You have met my scorpions, my death-adders, my baboon-man.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
Here an adder is seen writhing and twisting in the agonies of death.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
She made a yellow death-adder out of nothing and placed it upon the threshold, and mocked me with laughter.
"The Slayer Of souls" by Robert Chambers
But he threatened to tread me to death like an adder.
"The Hour Will Come: Volumes I and II" by Wilhelmine von Hillern
We came up to him as he sat waiting for death, the body of the adder beside him with its head crushed.
"Adventures in Swaziland" by Owen Rowe O'Neil
It does not, like the adder in the fable, bite us to death, but only gives us kind cautions.
"Æsop's Fables" by Æsop
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In poetry:

A poisoned arrow is your tongue,
The arrow sharp, the poison strong,
And death attends where'er it wounds:
You hear no counsels, cries, or tears;
So the deaf adder stops her ears
Against the power of charming sounds.
"Psalm 58" by Isaac Watts