fer-de-lance

[ fer-dl-ans, -ahns ]
/ ˌfɛr dlˈæns, -ˈɑns /

noun

a large pit viper, Bothrops atrox, of tropical America.

Nearby words

  1. feosol,
  2. fepa,
  3. fepc,
  4. fer,
  5. fer de lance,
  6. fera,
  7. ferae naturae,
  8. feral,
  9. feral child,
  10. ferbam

Origin of fer-de-lance

1875–80; < French: literally, spearhead

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British Dictionary definitions for fer de lance

fer-de-lance

/ (ˌfɛədəˈlɑːns) /

noun

a large highly venomous tropical American snake, Trimeresurus (or Bothops) atrox, with a greyish-brown mottled coloration: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)

Word Origin for fer-de-lance

C19: from French, literally: iron (head) of a lance

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Word Origin and History for fer de lance

fer de lance

n.

large poisonous snake of American tropics, 1880, from French, "lance-head," literally "iron of a lance." So called for its shape.

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