Share this entry

Share this page

pit viper

Syllabification: pit vi·per

Definition of pit viper in English:

noun

A venomous snake of a group distinguished by visible sensory pits on the head that can detect heat emitted by their prey. They are found in both America and Asia.
Example sentences
  • Madam Relena had returned to her couch and now sat imperiously in it watching Mark as a pit viper does its prey.
  • First, it impersonates a pit viper, coiling and striking and hissing viciously.
  • The bushmaster, at up to 10 feet long, is the world's largest pit viper and a dangerous one.

Definition of pit viper in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something