from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A poisonous snake in the family Viperidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of Old World venomous snakes belonging to Vipera, Clotho, Daboia, and other genera of the family Viperidæ.
- n. A dangerous, treacherous, or malignant person.
- n. Loosely, any venomous or presumed venomous snake.
from The 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.
- 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. venomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow venom-conducting fangs in the upper jaw
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