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Wiver

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wiver (Her) A fabulous two-legged, winged creature, like a cockatrice, but having the head of a dragon, and without spurs. "The jargon of heraldry, its griffins, its mold warps, its wiverns, and its dragons."
    • Wiver (Zoöl) The weever.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wiver A serpent.
    • n wiver A wivern.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wivere, a serpent, OF. wivre, guivre, F. givre, guivre, wiver, from L. vipera,; probably influenced by OHG. wipera, from the Latin. See Viper, and cf. Weever

Usage

In literature:

Dere's a big wiver comin' now Crumpy smelt a big wiver.
"Cow-Country" by B. M. Bower
What do you know about Soogar Wiver?
"Connor Magan's Luck and Other Stories" by M. T. W.
And what are the pwincipal wivers?
"Mr. Kris Kringle" by S. Weir Mitchell
The name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon 'wivere,' a serpent.
"The Curiosities of Heraldry" by Mark Antony Lower
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