krait

noun
\ ˈkrīt How to pronounce krait (audio) \

Definition of krait

: 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 Each dive serves up new wonders: a manta swooping overhead, a solitary dolphin rolling around playfully on a reef, giant schools of snapper and fusiliers whirling around us like tornadoes, venomous sea kraits wafting through sunlit water. National Geographic, "Three by sea: Life-changing tales from female travelers," 14 Nov. 2019 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, "When Science Means Getting Cobra Venom Spat Into Your Eye," 19 Dec. 2017 Wire Photo AP In 1954, a bite from a krait, a deadly snake from Thailand, put Haast in an iron lung while Vaughn sourced antivenom from India. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "South Miami Hospital co-founder, Dr. James Vaughn, dies at 95," 19 May 2017 Wire Photo AP In 1954, a bite from a krait, a deadly snake from Thailand, put Haast in an iron lung while Vaughn sourced antivenom from India. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "South Miami Hospital co-founder, Dr. James Vaughn, dies at 95," 19 May 2017 To find a more universal antivenom, Ratanabanangkoon and his colleagues collected 12 venom samples from six species of Asian snakes, including four cobras and two kraits. National Geographic, "New Antivenom Can Treat 18 Kinds of Snakebites," 3 May 2016 So the sea krait has its deadly bite, which doubles as an offensive and defensive weapon, while the lionfish has its spines. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Absurd Creature of the Week: The Octopus That Does Incredible Impressions of Fish and Snakes," 4 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of krait

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for krait

Hindi & Urdu karait

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“Krait.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kraits. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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krait

noun
\ ˈkrīt How to pronounce krait (audio) \

Medical Definition of krait

: 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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