American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several highly venomous snakes of the genus Bungarus of southeast Asia and adjacent islands, having a generally black body with brightly colored bands.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small snake, Bungarus cæruleus or B. candidus, extremely venomous, and common throughout the greater part of the Indian subregion. It is all the more dangerous on account of its small size, and is believed to be responsible for a large share of the 20,000 deaths caused by wild animals that occur annually in India.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A very venomous snake of India (Bungarus cœruleus), allied to the cobra. Its upper parts are bluish or brownish black, often with narrow white streaks; the belly is whitish.
- n. brightly colored venomous but nonaggressive snake of southeastern Asia and Malay peninsula
- From Hindi करैत (krait). (Wiktionary)
- Hindi karait, perhaps ultimately from Sanskrit kāla-, black; see Kali. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The next cell held three krait—creatures with reptilian heads and human torsos and serpent abdomens.”
“At sight of the group, the krait raised their neck frills and hissed angrily.”
“Divided into sections (the Americas, Australasia, Asia, Africa, Europe), it provides natural history images painstakingly rendered by artists over centuries, which depict new forms of flora and fauna that the European world was just discovering - from the banded krait (a snake) to the white-tailed gnu.”
“There, a white man, Harry Pope, lies in bed, sweating with fear because he believes a krait, a venomous nocturnal snake, has slithered under the sheets and curled up on his stomach.”
“Some 19 species of snake occur in the park including king cobra Ophiophagus hannah, green pit viper Trimeresurus albolabris, common krait Bungarus caeruleus and Indian python Python molurus (V).”
“Reptiles include water snakes, Indian python Python molurus (V), banded krait Bungarus fasciatus, green rat snake Zaocys nigromarginatus, turtles (Lissemys punctatus, Trionyx gangeticus, Kachuga tectum and Hardella thurgi) and monitor lizard Varanus sp.”
“Lake Tegano is the only known location for the endemic sea krait Laticauda crockeri (VU).”
“Poisonous snakes include the banded-coral snake Maticora intestinalis, the red headed krait, Bungarus flaviceps and the white-spotted cat snake Boigo drapiezii.”
“The status and natural history of the Rennell Island sea krait, Laticauda crockeri (Serpentes: Laticauda).”
“The Black-banded sea krait L. laticaudata (Linnaeus, 1758) is a large (1.1 m long), wide-ranging species.”
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