Oxybelis

noun
Ox·​yb·​e·​lis | \ äkˈsibələ̇s \

Definition of Oxybelis

: a genus of slender chiefly arboreal back-fanged snakes (family Colubridae) having slender pointed snouts and being widely distributed in tropical America with one species occurring as far north as Arizona

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History and Etymology for Oxybelis

New Latin, from Greek oxybelēs sharp-pointed, from oxy- oxy- + -belēs pointed, from belos arrow; akin to Greek ballein to throw

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“Oxybelis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Oxybelis. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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