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puff adder

noun
1.
a large, thick-bodied, African viper, Bitis arietans, that inflates its body and hisses when disturbed.
2.
a similar viper, B. inornata, native to southern Africa.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90
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  • The display is mostly bluff, but gives the snake the common name of puff adder.
British Dictionary definitions for puff adder

puff adder

noun
1.
a large venomous African viper, Bitis arietans, that is yellowish-grey with brown markings and inflates its body when alarmed
2.
another name for hognose snake
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