- any of several small vipers of the genus Cerastes, including the horned viper, that have a sideways looping motion like that of a sidewinder and inhabit deserts of northern Africa and southwestern Asia.
Origin of cerastes
Examples from the Web for cerastes
Historical Examples of cerastes
Now neither the Cobra nor the Cerastes is actually a water serpent.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
The name Cerastes, or horned, has been given to it on account of these projections.Bible Animals;
J. G. Wood
America is the country of the rattlesnake; Africa, of the cerastes; and Asia, of the hooded snake, or cobra di capello.Principles of Geology
The cerastes is of a very pale brown color, and is spotted with large, unequal, and irregularly-placed spots.
In the two species of Cerastes, or Horned Viper, the eyebrows of the male bear commonly a sort of horn.Reptiles and Birds
- any venomous snake of the genus Cerastes, esp the horned viper