- a large pit viper, Bothrops atrox, of tropical America.
Origin of fer-de-lance
1875–80; < French: literally, spearhead
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Examples from the Web for fer-de-lance
And of all bird-killing reptiles the fer-de-lance is the most destructive.
It may be the shortest route, indeed;—but then, the fer-de-lance!Two Years in the French West Indies
He not only faces the Fer-de-lance, who is often as big as he, but kills and eats him.At Last
There ees a man who ees to be keeled dead, and you let heem go—that ees more foolish as to let the Fer-de-lance free.Plain Mary Smith
Henry Wallace Phillips
He is as decent a chap as it has ever been my privilege to know, and as much to be avoided on certain occasions as a fer-de-lance.A New Sensation
- a large highly venomous tropical American snake, Trimeresurus (or Bothops) atrox, with a greyish-brown mottled coloration: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
C19: from French, literally: iron (head) of a lance
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