noun At·rac·tas·pis \ˌa‧trakˈtaspə̇s\

Definition of Atractaspis

  1. :  a genus of slender African burrowing oviparous vipers having large head shields like harmless snakes of the region but provided with long poison fangs

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Origin and Etymology of atractaspis

New Latin, from Greek atraktos spindle, arrow + Latin aspis asp — more at torture, asp

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