viper

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vi·per

noun \ˈvī-pər\

: a type of poisonous snake

Full Definition of VIPER

1
a :  a common Eurasian venomous snake (Vipera berus) that attains a length of about two feet (0.6 meter), varies in color from red, brown, or gray with dark markings to black, and is usually not fatal to humans; broadly :  any of a family (Viperidae) of venomous snakes that includes Old World snakes (subfamily Viperinae) and the pit vipers
b :  a venomous or reputedly venomous snake
2
:  a vicious or treacherous person

Examples of VIPER

  1. <a viper sliding silently through the field>

Origin of VIPER

Middle English vipere, from Latin vipera
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with VIPER

vi·per

noun \ˈvī-pər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VIPER

1
: a common Eurasian venomous snake of the genus Vipera (V. berus) that attains a length of about two feet (0.6 meter), varies in color from red, brown, or gray with dark markings to black, and whose bite is usually not fatal to humans; broadly : any snake of an Old World subfamily (Viperinae) of the family Viperidae
3
: a venomous or reputedly venomous snake

viper

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 200 species (family Viperidae) of venomous snakes in two subfamilies: Viperinae (Old World vipers of Europe, Asia, and Africa) and Crotalinae (pit vipers). Two long, hollow, venom-injecting fangs attached to the movable bones of the viper's upper jaw can be folded back in the mouth when not in use. Vipers range in length from less than 12 in. (30 cm) to more than 10 ft (3 m). They eat small animals and hunt by striking, then trailing, their prey. Many Old World vipers are terrestrial; a few are arboreal or burrowers. Most bear live young.

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