Definition of Fer-de-lance

1. Noun. Large extremely venomous pit viper of Central America and South America.

Exact synonyms: Bothrops Atrops
Generic synonyms: Pit Viper
Group relationships: Bothrops, Genus Bothrops



Definition of Fer-de-lance

1. Noun. ''Bothrops lanceolatus'' or other snakes of that genus. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Fer-de-lance

1. A large, venomous serpent (Trigonocephalus lanceolatus) of Brazil and the West Indies. It is allied to the rattlesnake, but has no rattle. Origin: F, the iron of a lance, lance head. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Fer-de-lance

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1. Proceedings by Bristol Naturalists' Society (Bristol, England), Bristol Naturalists' Society (1891)
"The fer-de-lance is a very beautiful snake, of an olive- green hue, with dark cross-bands, ... JG Wood and others of the ferocity of the fer-de-lance. ..."

2. Adventure Guide to Belize by Carol O'Donnell, Vivien Lougheed (2003)
"Snakes The fer-de-lance is responsible for most of the fatal snake bites in ... The fer-de-lance comes in many colors, from dark brown to gray to red, ..."

3. The Writings of Lafcadio Hearn by Lafcadio Hearn (1922)
"To-day a fer-de-lance is seldom found exceeding six feet in length; but the dimensions of the reptile, at least, would seem to have been decreased ..."

4. At Last: A Christmas in the West Indies by Charles Kingsley (1887)
"He not only faces the fer-de-lance, who is often as big as he, but kills and eats him. It was but last year, I think, that the population of Carénage turned ..."

5. Two Years in the French West Indies by Lafcadio Hearn (1890)
"The favorite haunts of the fer-de-lance are to a large extent either inaccessible or ... The mangouste kills the fer-de-lance when it has a chance; ..."

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