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[ring-hals] /ˈrɪŋ hæls/
a highly venomous snake, Hemachatus haemachatus, of southern Africa, related to the cobras, having one to three light-colored bands across its throat and characterized by its ability to accurately spit its venom up to 7 feet (2.1 meter) away.
Also, rinkhals.
Origin of ringhals
< Afrikaans, equivalent to ring ring1 + hals neck Unabridged
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noun (pl) -hals, -halses
a venomous elapid snake, Hemachatus hemachatus of southern Africa, which spits venom at its enemies from a distance Also called spitting snake
Word Origin
Afrikaans, literally: ring neck
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