: a genus of venomous pit vipers (family Crotalidae) including the fer-de-lance (B. atrox) and palm viper (B. nigroventris) of Central and South America, their hemolytic venom causing the breakdown of blood cells and small blood vessels with consequent interstitial hemorrhage

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New Latin, from bothr- + -ops

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“Bothrops.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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