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

  • n. A venomous African viper (Bitis arietans) having crescent-shaped yellowish markings.
  • n. See hognose snake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of puffadder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A North American harmless snake (Heterodon platyrrhinos) which has the power of puffing up its body. Called also hog-nose snake, flathead, spreading adder, and blowing adder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The largest and most venomous African serpent of the family Viperid├Ž, Clotho arietans.

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

  • n. harmless North American snake with upturned nose; may spread its head and neck or play dead when disturbed
  • n. large African viper that inflates its body when alarmed


So called because it inflates its body when excited.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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