Definition of pit viper in English:

pit viper

Syllabification: pit vi·per

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.
  • Subfamily Crotalinae, family Viperidae: numerous genera and species, including the rattlesnakes
More 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.

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