Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several venomous snakes of the family Elapidae, which includes the cobras, mambas, and coral snakes.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the family Elapidae.

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  • n. Any of many species of snakes, of the family Elapidae, including the cobras, mambas, and coral snakes
  • adj. Characteristic of these snakes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a venomous snake of the family Elapidae, including the .

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A serpent of the family Elapidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous venomous fanged snakes of warmer parts of both hemispheres

Etymologies

From New Latin Elapidae, family name, from Late Greek elaps, elap-, fish, variant of Greek ellops.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The list of neurotoxins is long and varied so that only a few examples are used below to show the range of mechanisms: b-Bungarotoxin (a potent venom of elapid snakes) prevents the release of neurotransmitters

    Neurotoxicity

  • Molecular phylogeny of elapid snakes and a consideration of their biogeographic history.

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  • Phylogenetic analysis of the “true” aquatic elapid snakes Hydrophiinae (sensu Smith et al., 1977) indicates two independent radiations into water.

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  • This ecoregion also forms the main distribution for numerous other reptiles, including many large venomous elapid snakes (Pseudonaja guttata, P. ingrami, and Pseudechis colletti).

    Mitchell grass downs

  • One terrestrial snake, Ogmodon vitiensis, is an elapid with ancient origins.

    Fiji tropical moist forests

  • The Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), is an elapid snake and is one of Africa's most dangerous and feared snakes.

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  • Walterinnesia aegyptia is a species of venomous elapid snake, also known as the Desert Black Snake or Desert Cobra

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  • Sea snakes are members of the elapid family of snakes that also includes cobras, mambas and coral snakes.

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  • ""Clive—the junior Clive and not the senior Clive who is presently chopping his way through the Amazon jungle—fears that I will go and tangle myself up with that fugitive elapid. They think I'm daft sometimes, these Pellers. Now I ask you, young man: if I were so precipitant as to go draping myself with poisonous fugitive elapids, would I have survived even half of my ninety-four years? Dear me. Now you are but a boy. Do you know what the word 'precipitant' means?""
    Under the Harrow by Mark Dunn, p 153

    September 3, 2011