venomous snake

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venomous snake

[ven′əməs]
a snake that secretes a poison. See also adder, coral snake, pit viper, snakebite, snake venom.

venomous snake

In the U.S., any of the pit vipers, e.g., the copperhead, cottonmouth (water moccasin), and rattlesnake, of the family Crotalidae, and, in the southern U.S., the coral snakes (genus Micrurus), esp. M. fulvius and M. euryxanthus. Venomous snakes have a worldwide distribution. Specific names of snakes in the general vocabulary are listed under the first word. See: e.g., cobra; copperhead; daboia