Definition of puff adder in English:

puff adder


  • 1A large, sluggish, mainly nocturnal African viper which inflates the upper part of its body and hisses loudly when under threat.

    Bitis arietans, family Viperidae

    • ‘I was once on the way to the car and a puff adder reared up in front of me.’
    • ‘Nine puff adders, seven Usambra mountain vipers and a green mamba were included.’
    • ‘And hiding in over 50 varieties of grasses, are snakes: among them the deadly rinkhals and puff adders.’
    • ‘Oh yes, and don't forget to watch where you put your feet - puff adders are very well camouflaged.’
    • ‘I once organised the rescue of a small girl who had been bitten by a puff adder.’
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      another term for hognose snake
      • ‘‘Puff Adder’ is one of several names for the Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platyrhinos).’
      • ‘When threatened, this hognose (puff adder) usually spreads its head and neck, hissing loudly to feign ferocity.’


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