schaapsteker

noun schaap·ste·ker \ˈskäpˌstikə(r), -tēk-\
variants: or

skaapsteker

\ˈskäpˌstikə(r), -tēk-\

Definition of schaapsteker

plural

-s

  1. :  any of several inoffensive and generally harmless African back-fanged snakes: such as a :  a snake (Trimerorhinus rhombeatus) irregularly marked in shades of brown —called also spotted schaapsteker b :  a related snake (T. tritaeniatus) having two or three dark longitudinal bands on the grayish brown back —called also striped schaapsteker c :  a sand snake of the genus Psammophis

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Origin and Etymology of schaapsteker

Afrikaans skaapsteker, from skaap sheep (from Dutch schaap, from Middle Dutch schaep) + steker one that stings or pricks, from Dutch, from steken to sting, prick + -er; akin to Old High German stehhan to sting, prick — more at sheep, stick


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