One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus comprising the Old World sand snakes, which are slender, fast-moving, back-fanged colubrid snakes of arid grassland, scrubland, and semidesert in Africa and Asia.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomasina Ross (fl. 1852). From scientific Latin Psammophis from Hellenistic Greek ψαμμο- + ancient Greek ὄϕις snake, serpent.
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