Definition of boomslang in English:

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boomslang

Pronunciation: /ˈbo͞omslaNG/

noun

A large, highly venomous southern African tree snake, the male of which is bright green and the female dull olive brown.
  • Dispholidus typus, family Colubridae.
Example sentences
  • And to honey badgers, cobras and large-eyed tree snakes called boomslangs, the nest is a dependable larder.
  • He added that while the majority of snakes in our area are non-venomous, the ones people should worry about are the boomslangs, puffadders and night adders.
  • Some boomslangs and Cape cobras appear to live for months on nothing but weaver eggs and chicks, and will even curl up in a nest and make it their home.

Origin

Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Dutch boom 'tree' + slang 'snake'.

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Syllabification: boom·slang

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