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death adder

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noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • Like the octopus or the death-adder (Acanthopis antarctica) of Australia, he can assimilate his colour to his environment.

    John Corwell, Sailor And Miner; and, Poisonous Fish

    Louis Becke

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for death adder

death adder

noun
  1. a venomous Australian elapid snake, Acanthophis antarcticus, resembling an adder
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