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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
  • n. A genus of harmless colubrine snakes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A serpent whose bite was said to produce a mortal thirst.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] The typical genus of serpents of the family Dipsadidæ. D. dendrophila is East Indian, D. fasciata West African.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of fresh-water bivalves, of the family Unionidæ, or river-mussels.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of butterflies, of the family Lycænidæ.

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  • The serpent in Eden was first
    But that one was hardly the worst.
    The sinister dipsas
    Who whispers, "Here, sip this,"
    Condemns to perpetual thirst.

    April 28, 2015