krait

noun

: any of a genus (Bungarus) of brightly banded extremely venomous nocturnal elapid snakes of Pakistan, India, southeastern Asia, and adjacent islands

Examples of krait in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the clip, the mimic octopus impersonates one of these creatures, turning his tentacles into snake-like appendages that are the same colors as a sea krait. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2024 Researchers have created a powerful synthetic antibody that counteracts the deadly venom produced by snakes in the Elapidae family—which includes the black mamba, king cobra and kraits. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2024 Groups of five mice were given a life-threatening dose of the toxin from the venom of a krait, mixed with the antibody. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2024 Barbed arrow kraits can reach about 3 feet in length, the study said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 1 Feb. 2024 When all is said and done, and the blanket removed, there is no krait at all. Vulture, 29 Sep. 2023 Milking a banded krait for venom. Erik Vance, Discover Magazine, 29 July 2013 In the 1950s, two researchers in Taiwan--CY Lee and CC Chang--decided to study the venom of the banded krait. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 11 Mar. 2011 In southeast Asia, where the most toxic snakes are sea dwellers, the many-banded krait stands out as a deadly terrestrial species. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 11 June 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Hindi & Urdu karait

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of krait was in 1874

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“Krait.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/krait. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

krait

noun
: any of several brightly banded extremely poisonous Asian snakes

Medical Definition

krait

noun
: any of several brightly banded extremely venomous nocturnal elapid snakes of the genus Bungarus that occur in Pakistan, India, southeastern Asia, and adjacent islands

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