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[krahyt] /kraɪt/
any of several large, usually banded, placid but highly venomous snakes constituting the genus Bungarus, of the cobra family, common in southeastern Asia and the Malay Archipelago.
Origin of krait
1870-75; < Hindi karait Unabridged
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  • Animals which come into contact with the krait and its mimic are hardly likely to inspect their teeth.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • A krait, the most deadly snake in India, in the middle of the day came in at the door of the room in which I was sitting reading.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
British Dictionary definitions for krait


any nonaggressive brightly coloured venomous elapid snake of the genus Bungarus, of S and SE Asia
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi karait, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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