pl. -·hals or -·halses
a small, rough-skinned spitting cobra (Hemachatus hemachatus) of S Africa that usually sprays jets of venom at the eyes of an aggressor
Origin of ringhalsAfrik, obsolete spelling, spelled of rinkals ; from Dutch ring (see ring) + hals, neck: see collar
nounpl. ring·hals·es also rink·hals·es
An African snake (Hemachatus haemachatus) that has one or two whitish bands across the neck and sprays venom at the eyes of an attacker, occasionally causing blindness.
Origin of ringhalsObsolete Afrikaans : ring, ring (from Middle Dutch rinc; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots) + hals, neck (from Middle Dutch; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots).
- Alternative form of rinkhals.