Definition of cerastes in English:

cerastes

noun

  • A North African viper that has a spike over each eye.

    • ‘The cerastes hides in the sand so that only its horns show; animals, thinking the horns are food, come close and are killed by the serpent.’
    • ‘The cerastes is the most flexible of all serpents, so flexible that is seems to have no spine.’
    • ‘Crotalus comes from the Greek crotalon, a rattle or little bell; cerastes means horned, referring to the horns above its eyes.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin, from Greek kerastēs horned from keras horn.

Pronunciation:

cerastes

/səˈrasˌtēz/