Definition of puff adder in English:

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puff adder

Pronunciation: /pəf ˈadər/


1A large, sluggish, mainly nocturnal African viper that inflates the upper part of its body and hisses loudly in threat.
  • Bitis arietans, family Viperidae.
Example sentences
  • I once organised the rescue of a small girl who had been bitten by a puff adder.
  • I was once on the way to the car and a puff adder reared up in front of me.
  • And hiding in over 50 varieties of grasses, are snakes: among them the deadly rinkhals and puff adders.
1.1North American another term for hognose snake.
Example sentences
  • When threatened, this hognose (puff adder) usually spreads its head and neck, hissing loudly to feign ferocity.
  • ‘Puff Adder’ is one of several names for the Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platyrhinos).

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Syllabification: puff ad·der

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