puff adders

puff adder

noun
1.
a large, thick-bodied, African viper, Bitis arietans, that inflates its body and hisses when disturbed.
2.
a similar viper, B. inornata, native to southern Africa.

Origin:
1780–90

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puff adder
 
n
1.  a large venomous African viper, Bitis arietans, that is yellowish-grey with brown markings and inflates its body when alarmed
2.  another name for hognose snake

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