Acan·​tho·​phis | \ əˈkan(t)thəfə̇s \

Definition of Acanthophis

: a genus of venomous Australian snakes (family Elapidae) having a long horny upturned spine at the end of the tail and consisting of the death adder (A. antarcticus)

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First Known Use of Acanthophis

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Acanthophis

New Latin, from acanth- + Greek ophis snake

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“Acanthophis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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