Definition of back-fanged in English:

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back-fanged

Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌfäNGd/

adjective

Zoology
(Of a snake such as a boomslang) having the rear one or two pairs of teeth modified as fangs, with grooves to conduct the venom. Compare with front-fanged.
Example sentences
  • In back-fanged snakes, a poison gland lies above the teeth and the venom trickles down a groove in the tooth.
  • The back-fanged snakes are tree-dwelling species seeking birds and free frogs for food.
  • So, if you should go out in the woods today in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, beware green back-fanged tree snakes.

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Syllabification: back-fanged

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