Elapid definition

ĕlə-pĭd
Any of various venomous snakes of the family Elapidae, such as the cobras, mambas, and coral snakes, having hollow, fixed fangs.
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Any of various venomous snakes of the family Elapidae, such as the cobras, mambas, and coral snakes, having hollow, fixed fangs.
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(zoology) Any of many species of snakes of the family Elapidae, including the cobras, mambas, and coral snakes.
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Characteristic of these snakes.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
elapid
Plural:
elapids

Origin of elapid

  • From New Latin Elapidae family name from Late Greek elaps elap- fish variant of Greek ellops

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