Cerastes meaning

sə-răstēz
Either of two venomous snakes of the genus Cerastes that have a hornlike projection over each eye, including the horned viper.
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Any of a genus (Cerastes) of poisonous African snakes, esp. a viper (C. cornutus) with a hornlike spine above each eye; horned viper.
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Either of two venomous snakes of the genus Cerastes that have a hornlike projection over each eye, including the horned viper.
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Origin of cerastes

  • Middle English from Latin cerastēs from Greek kerastēs horned serpent from keras horn ker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition