[ fer-dl-ans, -ahns ]
/ ˌfɛr dlˈæns, -ˈɑns /
a large pit viper, Bothrops atrox, of tropical America.
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Origin of fer-de-lance
1875–80; <French: literally, spearhead
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British Dictionary definitions for fer-de-lance
/ (ˌfɛədəˈlɑːns) /
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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