from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The vipers; one of four families into which the suborder Viperina or Solenoglypha, of the order Ophidia, is divided, distinguished from the Crotalidæ by the absence of a pit between the eye and the nostrils, and from the Atractaspididæ, and Causidæ by the presence of a postfrontal bone in connection with ungrooved fangs.


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