cerastes

cerastes

[suh-ras-teez]
noun, plural cerastes.
any of several small vipers of the genus Cerastes, including the horned viper, that have a sideways looping motion like that of a sidewinder and inhabit deserts of northern Africa and southwestern Asia.

Origin:
1768; < Neo-Latin < Greek kerástēs literally, something horned, equivalent to kerat- stem of kéras horn + -tēs noun suffix; earlier in sense “asp,” Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin, as above

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cerastes (səˈræstiːz)
 
n , pl -tes
any venomous snake of the genus Cerastes, esp the horned viper
 
[C16: from Latin: horned serpent, from Greek kerastēs horned, from keras horn]

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