Fer-de-lance definition

fĕrdl-ăns, -äns
A large, poisonous pit viper (Bothrops atrox) found in tropical America.
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Any of several tropical American pit vipers of the genus Bothrops, typically having brown and grayish markings.
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Any of several tropical American pit vipers of the genus Bothrops, typically having brown and grayish markings.
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Bothrops lanceolatus or other lancehead snakes of genus Bothrops.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fer-de-lance
Plural:
fer-de-lances

Origin of fer-de-lance

  • French from fer de lance spearhead fer iron de of lance spear

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

  • French, the iron of a lance, spearhead.

    From Wiktionary