Elaps

noun
\ ˈēˌlaps \

Definition of Elaps

: 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

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History and Etymology for Elaps

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 25 Nov. 2020.

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