• synonyms

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.


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Nearby words

puerto rico trench, puerto vallarta, puertorriqueño, pufendorf, puff, puff adder, puff paste, puff pastry, puff piece, puff-adder, puff-ball

Origin of puff adder

First recorded in 1780–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper