Puff-adder meaning

A venomous African viper (Bitis arietans) having crescent-shaped yellowish markings.
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A large, poisonous African viper (Bitis arietans) that hisses or puffs loudly when excited.
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A venomous African viper (Bitis arietans) having crescent-shaped yellowish markings.
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Alternative form of puffadder.
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Origin of puff-adder

  • So called because it inflates its body when excited

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