el·​a·​pid ˈe-lə-pəd How to pronounce elapid (audio)
: 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, 19 Dec. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 6 Dec. 2023.

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