puff adder

noun

Definition of puff adder

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

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1789

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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puff adder

noun

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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