Harold, you see, was always what they used to call "a viper."
A spring is compressed before it's released; the viper coils before it strikes.
Of the actual duel between the Mountain and the viper, judging its accuracy is no easy matter.
Oberyn “Red viper” Martell (Pedro Pascal) Dies: Season 4, Episode 8: “The Mountain and the viper” Dios mio.
Each sentence is like a viper, coiled in on itself and ready to bite.
If the controversy is without heat, there may be no viper to come forth and fasten upon the hand.
For the wife of this viper she still was, and who could tell how soon she might not be in his power again?
In the majority of viper or adder bites the constitutional disturbance is slight and transient, if it appears at all.
Procinus, however, was spared to die of the bite of a viper.
There every one ought to know that the latter is harmless, and that it is easily distinguished from the viper, which is poisonous.
1520s, from Middle French vipere, from Latin vipera "viper, snake, serpent," from vivus "alive, living" (see vital) + parere "bring forth, bear" (see pare). It formerly was believed (mistakenly) that the viper does not lay eggs. Applied to persons of spiteful character since at least 1590s. The only venomous snake found in Great Britain. Replaced native adder. "The flesh of the viper was formerly regarded as possessing great nutritive or restorative properties, and was frequently used medicinally" [OED]; hence viper wine, wine medicated with some kind of extract from vipers, used 17c. by "gray-bearded gallants" in a bid "to feele new lust, and youthfull flames agin."
Phonograph records; recording: Now this disco graffiti has found its way to vinyl and created quite a bit of excitement
[1976+; fr the chemical material used for phonograph records, semantically analogous with earlier wax]
In Job 20:16, Isa. 30:6; 59:5, the Heb. word eph'eh is thus rendered. The Hebrew word, however, probably denotes a species of poisonous serpents known by the Arabic name of 'el ephah. Tristram has identified it with the sand viper, a species of small size common in sandy regions, and frequently found under stones by the shores of the Dead Sea. It is rapid in its movements, and highly poisonous. In the New Testament _echidne_ is used (Matt. 3:7; 12:34; 23:33) for any poisonous snake. The viper mentioned in Acts 28:3 was probably the vipera aspis, or the Mediterranean viper. (See ADDER.)