: a genus (the type of the family Elapidae) of venomous snakes formerly including many of the groove-fanged snakes (such as those now placed in Micrurus) but now usually restricted to a few garter snakes of southern Africa

Word History


New Latin Elap-, Elaps, from Middle Greek elaps, a fish, alteration of Greek ellops, elops

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“Elaps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Elaps. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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