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fer-de-lance

[fer-dl-ans, -ahns] /ˌfɛr dlˈæns, -ˈɑns/
noun
1.
a large pit viper, Bothrops atrox, of tropical America.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French: literally, spearhead
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British Dictionary definitions for fer de lance

fer-de-lance

/ˌfɛədəˈlɑːns/
noun
1.
a large highly venomous tropical American snake, Trimeresurus (or Bothops) atrox, with a greyish-brown mottled coloration: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: iron (head) of a lance
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Word Origin and History for fer de lance
n.

large poisonous snake of American tropics, 1880, from French, "lance-head," literally "iron of a lance." So called for its shape.

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