One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A greyish-brown snake of southern Africa, which is venomous but rarely dangerous.
Genus Psammophylax, family Colubridae: two species
- ‘I Saw nothing but an ostrich, two skaapstekers and some horned snakes.’
Early 19th century: via Afrikaans from Dutch schaap ‘sheep’ + steker ‘stinger’.
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