fer-de-lance

noun
\ ˈfer-də-ˈlan(t)s How to pronounce fer-de-lance (audio) , -ˈlän(t)s \
plural fer-de-lance

Definition of fer-de-lance

: a large extremely venomous pit viper (Bothrops atrox) of Central and South America

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First Known Use of fer-de-lance

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fer-de-lance

French, literally, lance iron, spearhead

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The first known use of fer-de-lance was in 1880

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“Fer-de-lance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fer-de-lance. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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