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cerastes

[ suh-ras-teez ]
/ səˈræs tiz /
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noun, plural ce·ras·tes.

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.

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Origin of cerastes

1768; <New Latin <Greek kerástēs literally, something horned, equivalent to kerat- stem of kéras horn + -tēs noun suffix; earlier in sense “asp,” Middle English <Medieval Latin, Latin, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for cerastes

cerastes
/ (səˈræstiːz) /

noun plural -tes

any venomous snake of the genus Cerastes, esp the horned viper

Word Origin for cerastes

C16: from Latin: horned serpent, from Greek kerastēs horned, from keras horn
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