el·​a·​pid | \ ˈe-lə-pəd How to pronounce elapid (audio) \

Definition of elapid

: any of a family (Elapidae) of venomous snakes (such as the cobras and coral snakes) with hollow fangs

Examples of elapid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Called elapids, these include the New World coral snakes, African mambas, African and Asian cobras, Asian kraits, tropical ocean sea snakes and the highly venomous snakes that make their home in Australia. Eli Greenbaum, Smithsonian, "When Science Means Getting Cobra Venom Spat Into Your Eye," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of elapid

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elapid

New Latin Elap-, Elaps, genus of snakes, from Middle Greek, a fish, alteration of Greek elops

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The first known use of elapid was in 1885

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“Elapid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elapid. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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