American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several venomous Old World snakes of the family Viperidae, having a single pair of long, hollow fangs and a thick, heavy body. Also called adder2.
- n. A pit viper.
- n. A venomous or supposedly venomous snake.
- n. A person regarded as malicious or treacherous.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A venomous snake of the family Viperidæ: originally and especially applied to the only serpent of this kind occurring in the greater part of Europe, Vipera communis Or Pelias beruts. This is the only poisonous reptile which is found in Great Britain, and there it is neither very common nor very dangerous. There are several genera and many species, of vipers properly so called, all Old World, chiefly of warm countries, all poisonous, and most of them very dangerous if not fatal; they are known indifferently as vipers, asps, or adders. See
Viperidæ, and cuts under adder, Cerastes, and daboya.
- n. Any venomous serpent except a rattlesnake; a viperine; a cobriform and not crotali form serpent, as a cobra, asp, or adder; also, loosely, any serpent that is venomous, or supposed to be so; a dangerous, repulsive, or ugly snake. In the United States the name is commonly but erroneously applied to various spotted snakes, especially to some supposed to be venomous, but in fact innocuous: as, the water-viper, Ancistrodon piscivorus, the water-moccasin, poisonous; the blowing-viper and black viper, Heterodon platyrhinos and H. niger, both harmless, though of formidable and repulsive aspect. See cuts under asp, cobra-de-capello, copperhead, moccasin, andpit-viper.
- n. In heraldry, a serpent used as a bearing, some writers avoid the word serpent and use viper instead, there being no difference in the representations.
- n. One who or that which is mischievous or malignant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of Old World venomous snakes belonging to Vipera, Clotho, Daboia, and other genera of the family
- n. A dangerous, treacherous, or malignant person.
- n. Loosely, any venomous or presumed venomous snake.
- n. venomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow venom-conducting fangs in the upper jaw
- From Latin vīpera. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English vipere, from Old French, from Latin vīpera, snake, contraction of *vīvipera : vīvus, alive; see gwei- in Indo-European roots + parere, to give birth; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Take the type 45 for example the sea viper is a navalised version of the French Astor which is in service.”
“The flesh of the viper is also eaten roasted, as a remedy against eruptions of the skin.”
“The word viper is interesting; coming directly from the Romans, who wrote it _vipera_.”
“Though the viper is viviparous (from which "vi-per" is derived), yet during gestation, the young are included in eggs, which break at the birth [Bochart]; however, metaphors often combine things without representing everything to the life.”
“But I'm sure with your cooking skills, Book Maven...ah, the viper might be a problem - quorn viper?”
“MESERVE: In eight of the nation's largest cities, the Transportation Security Administration is deploying its so-called viper teams, made up of canine explosive detection units, air marshals and behavioral observation specialists.”
“According to "The Washington Post," the so-called viper teams will include undercover marshals, but there will also be some uniformed officers.”
“JEANNE MESERVE, CNN HOMELAND SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Wolf, the so-called viper teams are a new combination of existing Transportation Security Administration assets: federal air marshals, explosive detection, K-9 teams and security officers.”
“There is one snake called the bamboo viper, that is particularly dangerous.”
“A hair of the dog that bites you" is the cure for hydrophobia, the fat of the viper was the remedy for its bite, and”
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