Definition of fer de lance in English:

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fer de lance

Pronunciation: /ˌfer də ˈlans/ Pronunciation: /ˌfer də ˈläns/

noun (plural fers de lance pronounced same or /ˌferz-/; or fer de lances)

A large and dangerous pit viper native to Central and South America.
  • Genus Bothrops, family Viperidae: several species, in particular B. atrox.
Example sentences
  • He also finds some of the rare and unique snakes in his journey, which includes eyelash viper, the fer de lance and the bushmaster.
  • Later, there was a fight between a mongoose and a 6ft-long fer de lance.
  • Some venom kills very rapidly, such as that of the golden fer-de-lance (Bothrops insularis) of Queimada Island, off the Brazilian coast.


Late 19th century: from French, literally 'iron (head) of a lance'.

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Syllabification: fer de lance

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