boomslang

noun

boom·​slang
ˈbümˌsläŋ,
-laŋ
plural boomslange
-äŋə
or boomslangs
: a large boigid tree snake (Dispholidus typus) of southern Africa variously colored green or brownish black and having retiring ways and a back-fanged mouth that render it practically harmless to humans despite its powerful venom

Word History

Etymology

Afrikaans, from boom tree + slang snake, from Middle Dutch slanghe; akin to Old Saxon & Old High German slango snake, Old High German slingan to wind

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“Boomslang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boomslang. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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