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pit viper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pit viper New World vipers with hollow fangs and a heat-sensitive pit on each side of the head
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pit viper (Zoöl) any viperine snake having a deep pit on each side of the snout. The rattlesnake and copperhead are examples.
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Quotations

  • John Major
    John Major
    “I am walking over hot coals suspended over a deep pit at the bottom of which are a large number of vipers baring their fangs.”

Usage

In literature:

Four species of pit vipers are found.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
The girdle about her waist was made from the skins of spotted pit vipers.
"The Argus Pheasant" by John Charles Beecham
Copperhead and rattlesnake are the only pit-vipers left now between Canada and Virginia.
"Lad: A Dog" by Albert Payson Terhune
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In news:

Burke said copperheads, which are pit vipers, generally move away from potential threats unless they are a food source.
The largest rattlesnake in the world, this venomous pit viper is still common throughout Southwest Florida.
Not a fear of snakes — I've always loved the creatures, and still do, as long as it's not a pit viper right beside my ankle.
Few sounds in nature are as instantly recognizable and terrifying as the sudden rattle of a pit viper.
The Mojave Green is one of the most poisonous varieties of pit vipers in North America.
The Pit Viper 235 is completely new mid-range blasthole rig from Atlas Copco Construction Mining.
Russell's Pit Viper In SE Asia Is To Be AVOIDED.
Jack French, venomous reptile handler, pried apart the moveable maxillaries of the pit viper or black mamba or whatever scaled monster he was holding.
Atlas Copco, Commerce City, Colo. Has introduced the Pit Viper 311 (PV) drill at the MINExpo 2012 show, held in Las Vegas Sept 24-26.
The handle is sheep horn and the belt sheath features pit viper inlay.
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