- either of two highly venomous elapid snakes of the genus Acanthophis, of Australia and New Guinea, having a stout body and broad head.
Origin of death adder
First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for death adder
Like the octopus or the death-adder (Acanthopis antarctica) of Australia, he can assimilate his colour to his environment.
But Pretty Pierre was like the death-adder, small and beautiful, silent and deadly.
Otherwise, no power on earth could have saved me from the fate of Abel Slattin; for the creature was an Australian death-adder.The Devil Doctor
- a venomous Australian elapid snake, Acanthophis antarcticus, resembling an adder
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