Definition of Cerastes

1. Noun. Highly venomous viper of northern Africa and southwestern Asia having a horny spine above each eye.

Exact synonyms: Cerastes Cornutus, Horned Asp, Horned Viper, Sand Viper
Generic synonyms: Viper
Group relationships: Aspis, Genus Aspis, Genus Cerastes

Definition of Cerastes

1. n. A genus of poisonous African serpents, with a horny scale over each eye; the horned viper.

Definition of Cerastes

1. a venomous snake [n CERASTES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cerastes

ceramide kinase
ceramide lactosidase
ceramide lactoside
ceramide lactoside lipidosis
ceramide saccharide
ceramide trihexosidase
ceramides
ceramist
ceramists
ceramo-metal casting
ceramology
cerargyrite
ceras
cerasin
cerasins
cerastium
cerata
cerate
cerated
cerates
ceratin
ceratins
ceratitid
ceratitids
ceratitis
cerato-
ceratobranchial
ceratobranchials
ceratocricoid

Literary usage of Cerastes

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1. The Wonders of Nature and Providence, Displayed: Compiled from Authentic by Josiah Priest (1826)
"OF THE cerastes, AND SIMILAR SERPENTS. The cerastes, or horned viper, is among the most fatal of the serpent tribe. It is, moreover, well distinguished from ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1849)
"Bite of the cerastes Nasicornis, the Homed Viper of Western Africa. (Proceedings of Ihe Academy Nat. Sciences of Philadelphia, April 11, 1848. ..."

3. Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770 by James Bruce (1804)
"cerastes, OR HORNED VIPER. THERE is no article of natural history the ancients have dwelt on more than that of the viper, whether poets, physicians, ..."

4. Specimens of the Greek and Roman Classic Poets: In a Chronological Series by Charles Abraham Elton (1854)
"OF THE SERPENT cerastes. Now may'st thou learn the subtle horned snake, That steals upon thee, viperous in his make. But while the viper's forehead maimed ..."

5. Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians, by Sir John Gardner Wilkinson (1841)
"THE cerastes, OR HORNED SNAKE. " In the environs of Thebes," says Herodotus ||, " is a species of sacred snake of a very small size, on whose head are two ..."

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