plural noun

: a widely distributed family (type genus Boiga) consisting of somewhat venomous opisthoglyph snakes of which a few (such as the African boomslang) are dangerous to humans and being sometimes considered a subfamily of Colubridae see cat snake

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Boiga boiga + -idae -idae

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“Boigidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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