HyperDic: pit_viper

English > 1 sense of the expression pit viper:
NOUNanimalpit viperNew World vipers with hollow fangs and a heat-sensitive pit on each side of the head
English > pit viper: 1 sense > noun 1, animal
MeaningNew World vipers with hollow fangs and a heat-sensitive pit on each side of the head.
Member ofCrotalidae, family Crotalidae(New World vipers) pit vipers
Narrowercopperhead, Agkistrodon contortrixCommon coppery brown pit viper of upland eastern United States
fer-de-lance, Bothrops atropslarge extremely venomous pit viper of Central America and South America
rattlesnake, rattlerpit viper with horny segments at the end of the tail that rattle when shaken
water moccasin, cottonmouth, cottonmouth moccasin, Agkistrodon piscivorusvenomous semiaquatic snake of swamps in southern United States
Broadervipervenomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow venom-conducting fangs in the upper jaw

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