scheltopusik

noun

schel·​to·​pu·​sik
variants or sheltopusic or sheltopusick
¦sheltō¦p(y)üzik
plural -s
: an anguid lizard (Ophisaurus apus or Pseudopus apus) chiefly of southeastern Europe and Asia Minor that resembles the glass snake of America

Word History

Etymology

Russian zheltopuzik, from zhelto yellow (akin to Old English geolu yellow) + -puzik (from puzo belly)

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“Scheltopusik.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scheltopusik. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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