ringhals

ringhals

[ring-hals]
noun
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:
< Afrikaans, equivalent to ring ring1 + hals neck

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rinkhals or ringhals (ˈrɪŋkˌhals, ˈrɪŋˌhals)
 
n , pl -hals, -halses
Also called: spitting snake a venomous elapid snake, Hemachatus hemachatus of southern Africa, which spits venom at its enemies from a distance
 
[Afrikaans, literally: ring neck]
 
ringhals or ringhals
 
n
 
[Afrikaans, literally: ring neck]

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