krait

[krahyt]
noun
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:
1870–75; < Hindi karait

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krait (kraɪt)
 
n
any nonaggressive brightly coloured venomous elapid snake of the genus Bungarus, of S and SE Asia
 
[C19: from Hindi karait, of obscure origin]

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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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