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krait

[krahyt] /kraɪt/
noun
1.
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
1870-1875
1870-75; < Hindi karait
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  • Some eels, however, have been observed to be remarkably resistant to the sea krait's venom.
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krait

/kraɪt/
noun
1.
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
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Encyclopedia Article for krait

any of 12 species of highly venomous snakes belonging to the cobra family (Elapidae). Kraits live in Asian forests and farmland from Pakistan to southern China and southward into Indonesia. They are terrestrial, feeding mainly on other snakes but also on frogs, lizards, and small mammals. Kraits are nocturnal hunters and are dangerous to humans only when stepped on or otherwise strongly provoked.

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