from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A poisonous constituent of snake-poison.
- Relating to the snakes of the genus Elaps and their relatives, usually considered as forming the family Elapidæ.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Zoöl.) Like or pertaining to the
Elapidæ, a family of poisonous serpents, including the cobras. See ophidia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Pertaining to the
Elapidae, a taxonomic group including cobras.
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There is a greater effect on the nerve-centres, but less swelling of the wound itself, and, whereas the blood of the rattlesnakes victim coagulates, the blood of the victim of an elapine snakethat is, of one of the only poisonous American colubrinesbecomes watery and incapable of coagulation.
The venom is related to snake poison, but is neither crotaline nor elapine.
Mention should be made of the fact that there are at least six harmless reptiles that resemble the coral-snakes very closely, and as a consequence of the former being mistaken for the latter, the assertion has been frequently made by the ignorant that our elapine serpents are harmless.
There is a greater effect on the nerve-centres, but less swelling of the wound itself, and, whereas the blood of the rattlesnake's victim coagulates, the blood of the victim of an elapine snake -- that is, of one of the only poisonous American colubrines -- becomes watery and incapable of coagulation.