from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A venomous tropical American pit viper (Bothrops atrox) having brown and grayish markings.
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- n. Bothrops lanceolatus or other lancehead snakes of genus Bothrops.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large, venomous serpent (Trigonocephalus lanceolatus) of Brazil and the West Indies. It is allied to the rattlesnake, but has no rattle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The lanceheaded or yellow viper, Craspedocephalus (or Bothrops)lanceolatus, of the family Crotalidæ, a large and very venomous serpent of the warm parts of America.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large extremely venomous pit viper of Central America and South America
The more ferocious snakes here include fer-de-lance Bothrops asper, coral snake Micrurus spp., boa constrictor Boa constrictor, palm pit-viper Bothriechis spp. and bushmaster Lachesis muta.
Yet it wasn't until Bill and I brought home the fer-de-lance in a mayonnaise jar that Mama laid down an absolute law about no contact with Brazilian wildlife of any sort.
The snakes include the anaconda Eunectes murinus, fer-de-lance Bothrops asper, palm pit-vipers Bothriechis spp., coral snakes Micrurus spp., the bushmaster Lachesis muta and boa constrictor Boa constrictor.
The more ferocious snakes that occur here include fer-de-lance (Bothrops asper), coral snakes (Micrurus spp.), boa constrictors (Boa constrictor), and bushmasters (Lachesis muta).
It was a full moon that night which added to the drama of walking along in a mostly black jungle where we had just been told about poisonous fer-de-lance snakes that stalk their prey, not to mention the jaguars and ocelots.... which we would be lucky to see in the first place!
Her amazing tolerance for pain and resistance to poison came from an incident in her childhood in Cuba when she was bitten by a fer-de-lance, the most poisonous snake in the hemisphere.
Don, a hardcore nature enthusiast, was excited to see the extremely large barba amarilla snake, or fer-de-lance, "found" by Juan Carlos Meléndez that the Guacamaya Research Station preserved for us.
At that hour of the afternoon, this was the favored territory of the fer-de-lance, a pit viper that made his skin crawl.
“Willy was bitten by a fer-de-lance, one of the deadliest snakes in the world.”
The average time of death from the bite of a fer-de-lance is twenty minutes.