Krait definition

krīt
Any of a genus (Bungarus) of SC and SE Asian elapine snakes that are generally black or dark brown with tan or yellow bands.
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Any of several highly venomous snakes of the genus Bungarus of South and Southeast Asia, having a generally black body with brightly colored bands.
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Any of several brightly-coloured, venomous snakes, of the genus Bungarus, of southeast Asia.
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Any of several highly venomous snakes of the genus Bungarus of South and Southeast Asia, having a generally black body with brightly colored bands.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
krait
Plural:
kraits

Origin of krait

  • Hindi karait perhaps ultimately from Sanskrit kāla- black Kali

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

  • From Hindi करैत (krait).

    From Wiktionary