horned viper


: a venomous viper (Cerastes cerastes synonym C. cornutus) of North Africa and the Middle East having a horny process over each eye

Examples of horned viper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spider-tailed horned viper photo by Omid Mozaffari (video and more information here). Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2014 The Saharan horned viper and the sidewinding adder of the Namib desert — which are closely related — have belly scales with uniform pits and no spikes. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of horned viper was in 1767

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“Horned viper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horned%20viper. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

horned viper

: a common desert-dwelling viper (Aspis cornutus) of Egypt and Asia Minor characterized by a horny scale resembling a spike above each eye

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