adder

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1ad·der

noun \ˈa-dər\

Definition of ADDER

1
:  the common venomous viper (Vipera berus) of Europe; broadly :  any of various snakes of the viper family — compare puff adder
2
:  any of several North American snakes (as the hognose snakes) that are harmless but are popularly believed to be venomous

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Origin of ADDER

Middle English, alteration (by false division of a naddre) of naddre, from Old English ̄dre; akin to Old High German nātara adder, Latin natrix water snake
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with ADDER

2add·er

noun \ˈa-dər\

Definition of ADDER

:  one that adds; especially :  a device (as in a computer) that performs addition

First Known Use of ADDER

1580

adder

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Puff adder (Bitis arietans)—Copyright © 1971 Z. Leszczynski/Animals Animals

Any of several venomous snakes of the viper family (Viperidae) and the death adder, a viperlike elapid. Vipers include the common adder, puff adders, and night adders. Adders occur in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. They range in length from 18 in. to 5 ft (45 cm to 1.5 m). The puff adder of Africa and the death adder of Australia and the nearby islands are particularly venomous, with a bite potentially lethal to humans. The name is also used for other snakes (e.g., the hognose snake).

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