from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several venomous snakes of Africa, Asia, and Europe, such as the small cobra (Naja haje) or the horned viper (Cerastes cornutus).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A water snake.
- n. A venomous viper native to southwestern Europe (Vipera aspis).
- n. The Egyptian cobra (Naja haje)
- n. A type of European fish (Aspius aspius).
- n. An aspen tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as aspen.
- n. A small, hooded, poisonous serpent of Egypt and adjacent countries, whose bite is often fatal. It is the Naja haje. The name is also applied to other poisonous serpents, esp. to Vipera aspis of southern Europe. See haje.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A European tree of the poplar family, Populus tremula.
- n. A very venomous serpent of Egypt, celebrated in connection with the story of Cleopatra's suicide.
- n. The common viper or adder of Europe, a feebly poisonous serpent, formerly named Vipera communis, now Pelias berus, of the family Viperidæ. See cut under adder.
- n. A name of sundry other poisonous serpents.
- n. Aspic and aspick are obsolete or poetic forms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. of southern Europe; similar to but smaller than the adder
- n. cobra used by the Pharaohs as a symbol of their power over life and death
Middle English aspis, from Latin, from Greek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)