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1. (Science: zoology) Any one of numerous species of old world venomous makes belonging to Vipera, Clotho, daboia, and other genera of the family viperidae. There came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. (acts xxviii. 3)

Among the best-known species are the European adder (Pelias berus), the European asp (Vipera aspis), the african horned viper (V. Cerastes), and the indian viper (daboia Russellii).

2. A dangerous, treacherous, or malignant person. Who committed To such a viper his most sacred trust Of secrecy. (milton) horned viper.

(Science: zoology) A small, slender, phosphorescent deep-sea fish (Chauliodus Sloanii). It has long ventral and dorsal fins, a large mouth, and very long, sharp teeth.

(Science: botany) Viper's bugloss, a perennial composite herb (Scorzonera Hispanica) with narrow, entire leaves, and solitary heads of yellow flowers. The long, white, carrot-shaped roots are used for food in Spain and some other countries.

Synonym: viper grass.

Origin: F. Vipere, L. Vipera, probably contr. Fr. Vivipera; vivus alive _ parere to bring forth, because it was believed to be the only serpent that brings forth living young. Cf. Quick, Parent, Viviparous, Wivern, Weever.

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Fascinating Creatures

... that possess special "abilitys" like regeneration (for example, the Axolotl) or that are simply queer looking, like the spiny bush viper. Im really thankfull for every link, picture, page or even name that you provide me. I also dont mind microbes or plants and furthermore i hope ...

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by PrimalLegion
Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:46 am
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What is the most poisonous snake in da world?

... a little something like this: 1. Belcher's Sea Snake(sea) Inland Taipan(land) 2. Krait snake 3. Philippine Cobra 4. Indian King Cobra 5. Russell's Viper 6. Black Mamba 7. Fer-De-Lance 8. Multiband Krait 9. Tiger Snake 10. Jarararcussu * Note: That the most poisonous sea and land snake or on the ...

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by Soldier1969
Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:01 pm
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Topic: What is the most poisonous snake in da world?
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Re: What is the most poisonous snake in da world?

... It is not the most poisonous. As others tried to alluded to, being the most poisonous doesn't make it the most dangerous. The correct name for a viper is pit viper. They have heat sensing pits near their nostrils that detect small changes in heat. Often described as infrared sensing device but ...

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by Flirtilizer
Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:13 pm
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What is the most dangerous snake in the world

... a small room would be the black mamba so aggressive and it has a quick traveling venom. the most painful bit and the most venom yield the gaboon viper also the quickest striking snake in the world. then the snake that kills the most people a year would have to be the sawscaled viper because of ...

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by bill black
Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:25 am
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Topic: What is the most dangerous snake in the world
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most venomous animal

... on bivouac with an unknown toxin found in their blood. This insect is so venomous that it is considered 100 times more toxic than the saw-scaled viper or scorpions in the region. It is so unknown that it is extemely difficult to find any info on the web, unless you can research it through Jerusalem ...

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by tony
Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:10 pm
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Topic: Most venomous animal
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