a highly venomous viper, Cerastes cerastes, of northern Africa and extreme southwestern Asia, having a process resembling a horn just above each eye.
Origin of horned viper
First recorded in 1760–70
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British Dictionary definitions for horned viper
a venomous snake, Cerastes cornutus, that occurs in desert regions of N Africa and SW Asia and has a small horny spine above each eye: family Viperidae (vipers)Also called: sand viper
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