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death adder

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Definition of death adder in English:

noun

A venomous Australian snake which has a thin worm-like tail that it uses to lure birds and other prey.
  • Genus Acanthophis, family Elapidae: three species
Example sentences
  • The program profiles two staff members of the Australian Reptile Park as they search for one of Australia's deadliest snakes - the death adder.
  • At one point I stumble and come within inches of stepping on a death adder - ‘one of the deadliest snakes in Papua,’ Woolford tells me later.
  • Cobras can cause local swelling, blistering, and necrosis; other Elapidae such as kraits, coral snakes, and Australian death adders produce negligible local envenoming.

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