boomslang

[ boom-slahng, -slang ]
/ ˈbum slɑŋ, -slæŋ /

noun

a venomous, tree-dwelling snake, Dispholidus typus, of tropical and southern Africa, having black to greenish scales.

Origin of boomslang

1785–95; < Afrikaans, equivalent to boom tree (see boom2, beam) + slang snake
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British Dictionary definitions for boomslang

boomslang

/ (ˈbuːmˌslæŋ) /

noun

a large greenish venomous arboreal colubrid snake, Dispholidus typus, of southern Africa

Word Origin for boomslang

C18: from Afrikaans, from boom tree + slang snake
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