Definition of cerastes in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪˈrastiːz/


A North African viper which has a spike over each eye.
  • Genus Cerastes, family Viperidae: two species
Example sentences
  • The cerastes hides in the sand so that only its horns show; animals, thinking the horns are food, come close and are killed by the serpent.
  • Crotalus comes from the Greek crotalon, a rattle or little bell; cerastes means horned, referring to the horns above its eyes.
  • The cerastes is the most flexible of all serpents, so flexible that is seems to have no spine.


Late Middle English: from Latin, from Greek kerastēs 'horned', from keras 'horn'.

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