Acanthophis

noun Acan·tho·phis \əˈkan(t)thəfə̇s\

Definition of Acanthophis

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of acanthophis

New Latin, from acanth- + Greek ophis snake — more at ophidia


First Known Use: 1814


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