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a large, thick-bodied, African viper, Bitis arietans, that inflates its body and hisses when disturbed.
a similar viper, B. inornata, native to southern Africa.
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Origin of puff adder
First recorded in 1780–90
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How to use puff adder in a sentence
It is a specimen—a very rare specimen—of the South African puff-adder.Mr. Punch In Society|Various
We have another dangerous serpent, the puff adder, and several vipers.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa|David Livingstone
We shot a large puff-adder, to prevent it from killing men; you may see it lying dead on the beach.
They were all small and only two, a puff adder and a little viper, were known to be venomous.In Africa|John T. McCutcheon
The larger snake is as highly poisonous as the common puff-adder, and quite as much dreaded.Sporting Scenes amongst the Kaffirs of South Africa|Alfred W. Drayson
British Dictionary definitions for puff adder
a large venomous African viper, Bitis arietans, that is yellowish-grey with brown markings and inflates its body when alarmed
another name for hognose snake
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