puff adder


Definition of puff adder

1 : a large thick-bodied extremely venomous African viper (Bitis arietans)

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So Glaudas and Alexander captured 86 puff adders, implanted tiny radio transmitters into their bodies, and tracked their movements inside Dinokeng Game Reserve. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Deadly Snake Wags Tongue to Lure Its Prey—A First," 3 Feb. 2017 Take the South African puff adder Bitis arietans, which mimics an insect's movements by wagging its tongue slowly and deliberately to attract nearby amphibians. National Geographic, "How Snakes, Spiders, and Other Predators Fool Their Prey," 16 Feb. 2017 On the film, a puff adder (Bitis arietans) had extended its tongue, leaving the tip curled up—unlike the usual flicking in and out to sense its surroundings. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Deadly Snake Wags Tongue to Lure Its Prey—A First," 3 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of puff adder

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Medical Definition of puff adder

: a large thick-bodied exceedingly venomous widely distributed African viper (Bitis arietans) that inflates its body and hisses loudly when disturbed also : a similar smaller snake (B. inornata) of southern Africa

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