[ krahyt ]
/ kraɪt /


any of several large, usually banded, placid but highly venomous snakes constituting the genus Bungarus, of the cobra family, common in southeastern Asia and the Malay Archipelago.

Origin of krait

First recorded in 1870–75, krait is from the Hindi word karait Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for krait

  • Animals which come into contact with the krait and its mimic are hardly likely to inspect their teeth.

    The Making of Species|Douglas Dewar
  • A krait, the most deadly snake in India, in the middle of the day came in at the door of the room in which I was sitting reading.

    India and the Indians|Edward F. Elwin

British Dictionary definitions for krait


/ (kraɪt) /


any nonaggressive brightly coloured venomous elapid snake of the genus Bungarus, of S and SE Asia

Word Origin for krait

C19: from Hindi karait, of obscure origin
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