fer-de-lance

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