puff adder



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.

Nearby words

  1. puerto rico trench,
  2. puerto vallarta,
  3. puertorriqueño,
  4. pufendorf,
  5. puff,
  6. puff paste,
  7. puff pastry,
  8. puff piece,
  9. puff-adder,
  10. puff-ball

Origin of puff adder

First recorded in 1780–90

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British Dictionary definitions for puff-adder

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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Word Origin and History for puff-adder



1789 of a South African snake that is venomous; 1882 of a western U.S. snake that is not; from puff (v.) + adder.

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