Definition of Gaboon viper in English:

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Gaboon viper


A large, thick-bodied venomous African snake with a pair of hornlike scales on the snout, and the scales richly patterned with brown, purple, and cream.
  • Bitis gabonica, family Viperidae.
Example sentences
  • For example, one of the wall panels in the exhibition shows a Gaboon viper that has captured a small antelope.
  • I did once meet a nurse in the Gold Coast who had lived after a bite from a Gaboon viper, but it took her a long time to recover from the poison injected into her bloodstream, and for many months she didn't really care if she lived or died.
  • Another animal sculpture in the exhibition portrays a coiled Gaboon viper threatening a growling dog; a spotted civet or genet looks on.


Early 20th century: named after Gaboon (now Gabon).

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Syllabification: Ga·boon vi·per

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