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fer-de-lance

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

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

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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