boomslang

boomslang

[boom-slahng, -slang]
noun
a venomous, tree-dwelling snake, Dispholidus typus, of tropical and southern Africa, having black to greenish scales.

Origin:
1785–95; < Afrikaans, equivalent to boom tree (see boom2, beam) + slang snake

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boomslang (ˈbuːmˌslæŋ)
 
n
a large greenish venomous arboreal colubrid snake, Dispholidus typus, of southern Africa
 
[C18: from Afrikaans, from boom tree + slang snake]

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