horned viper


Definition of 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 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, "The Skin-Deep Physics of Sidewinder Snakes," 1 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of horned viper

1767, in the meaning defined above

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“Horned viper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horned%20viper. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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Medical Definition of 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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