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[suh-ras-teez] /səˈræs tiz/
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 of cerastes
1768; < New 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 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -tes
any venomous snake of the genus Cerastes, esp the horned viper
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: horned serpent, from Greek kerastēs horned, from keras horn
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