boomslang

noun
boom·​slang | \ ˈbümˌsläŋ, -laŋ \
plural boomslange\ -​äŋə \ or boomslangs

Definition of boomslang

: 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

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History and Etymology for boomslang

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 18 Oct. 2021.

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