viper

Definition of viper

vi´per   Pronunciation: vī´pẽr
n.1.
1.(Zool.) Any one of numerous species of Old World venomous snakes belonging to Vipera, Clotho, Daboia, and other genera of the family Viperidæ.
There came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
- Acts xxviii. 3.
2.A dangerous, treacherous, or malignant person.
Who committed
To such a viper his most sacred trust
Of secrecy.
- Milton.
3.Loosely, any venomous or presumed venomous snake.
Horned viper
(Zool.) See Cerastes.
Red viper
(Zool.) the copperhead.
Viper fish
(Zool.) a small, slender, phosphorescent deep-sea fish (Chauliodus Sloanii). It has long ventral and dorsal fins, a large mouth, and very long, sharp teeth.
Viper's bugloss
(Bot.) a rough-leaved biennial herb (Echium vulgare) having showy purplish blue flowers. It is sometimes cultivated, but has become a pestilent weed in fields from New York to Virginia. Also called blue weed.
Viper's grass
(Bot.) a perennial composite herb (Scorzonera Hispanica) with narrow, entire leaves, and solitary heads of yellow flowers. The long, white, carrot-shaped roots are used for food in Spain and some other countries. Called also viper grass.

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