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boomslang

[boom-slahng, -slang] /ˈbum slɑŋ, -slæŋ/
noun
1.
a venomous, tree-dwelling snake, Dispholidus typus, of tropical and southern Africa, having black to greenish scales.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Afrikaans, equivalent to boom tree (see boom2, beam) + slang snake
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boomslang

/ˈbuːmˌslæŋ/
noun
1.
a large greenish venomous arboreal colubrid snake, Dispholidus typus, of southern Africa
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans, from boom tree + slang snake
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