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puff adder

noun
1.
a large, thick-bodied, African viper, Bitis arietans, that inflates its body and hisses when disturbed.
2.
a similar viper, B. inornata, native to southern Africa.
Origin of puff adder
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90
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puff adder

noun
1.
a large venomous African viper, Bitis arietans, that is yellowish-grey with brown markings and inflates its body when alarmed
2.
another name for hognose snake
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Word Origin and History for puff-adder
n.

1789 of a South African snake that is venomous; 1882 of a western U.S. snake that is not; from puff (v.) + adder.

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