Definition of horned viper in English:

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horned viper

noun

A venomous nocturnal snake with an upright projection over each eye, native to the sandy deserts of North Africa and Arabia. It moves in the same way as the sidewinder.
  • Cerastes cerastes, family Viperidae.
Example sentences
  • When it slithers, the horned viper slides sideways across the sand in what is known as sidewinding.
  • The name horned viper comes from the small scale-covered horns just above the eyes of this particular snake.
  • The horned viper can grow to lengths of up to 2 ft.

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Syllabification: horned vi·per

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