Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several brightly-coloured, venomous snakes, of the genus Bungarus, of southeast Asia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The 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.

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

  • n. brightly colored venomous but nonaggressive snake of southeastern Asia and Malay peninsula

Etymologies

Hindi karait, perhaps ultimately from Sanskrit kāla-, black; see Kali.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi करैत (krait). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The next cell held three krait—creatures with reptilian heads and human torsos and serpent abdomens.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • At sight of the group, the krait raised their neck frills and hissed angrily.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Storyteller

  • 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).

    Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

  • 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.

    Keoladeo (Bharatpur) National Park, India

  • Lake Tegano is the only known location for the endemic sea krait Laticauda crockeri (VU).

    East Rennell, Solomon Islands

  • Poisonous snakes include the banded-coral snake Maticora intestinalis, the red headed krait, Bungarus flaviceps and the white-spotted cat snake Boigo drapiezii.

    Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia

  • The status and natural history of the Rennell Island sea krait, Laticauda crockeri (Serpentes: Laticauda).

    East Rennell, Solomon Islands

  • The Black-banded sea krait L. laticaudata (Linnaeus, 1758) is a large (1.1 m long), wide-ranging species.

    Archive 2006-07-01

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