Viper's bugloss
viper vi"per (v[imac]"p[~e]r), n. [F. vip[`e]re, L. vipera, probably contr. fr. vivipera; vivus alive + parere to bring forth, because it was believed to be the only serpent that brings forth living young. Cf. {Quick}, a., {Parent}, {Viviparous}, {Wivern}, {Weever}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of Old World venomous snakes belonging to {Vipera}, {Clotho}, {Daboia}, and other genera of the family {Viperid[ae]}. [1913 Webster]

There came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. --Acts xxviii. 3. [1913 Webster]

Note: Among the best-known species are the European adder ({Pelias berus}), the European asp ({Vipera aspis}), the African horned viper ({Vipera cerastes}), and the Indian viper ({Daboia Russellii}). [1913 Webster]

2. A dangerous, treacherous, or malignant person. [1913 Webster]

Who committed To such a viper his most sacred trust Of secrecy. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Loosely, any venomous or presumed venomous snake. [PJC]

{Horned viper}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Cerastes}.

{Red viper} (Zo["o]l.), the copperhead.

{Viper fish} (Zo["o]l.), 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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Viper's bugloss — Bugloss Bu gloss, n.; pl. {Buglosses}. [F. buglosse, L. buglossa, buglossus, fr. Gr. ? oxtongue ? ox + ? tongue.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Anchusa}, and especially the {Anchusa officinalis}, sometimes called {alkanet}; oxtongue. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • viper's bugloss — n. BLUEWEED …   English World dictionary

  • viper's-bugloss — gyslotinis ežeinis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Agurklinių šeimos aliejinis, dekoratyvinis, medingas nuodingas augalas (Echium plantagineum), paplitęs Europoje, šiaurės Afrikoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Echium… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • viper's-bugloss — paprastasis ežeinis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Agurklinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medingas, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Echium vulgare), paplitęs Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Echium vulgare angl. blue echium; blue devil;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • viper's bugloss — /vaɪpəz ˈbjuglɒs/ (say vuypuhz byoohglos) noun a bristly weed, Echium vulgare, with showy blue flowers; blue weed; blue borage …   Australian English dictionary

  • viper's bugloss — noun Date: circa 1597 a coarse Old World herb (Echium vulgare) of the borage family that is naturalized in North America and has showy blue tubular flowers with exserted stamens called also blueweed …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • viper's bugloss — the blueweed. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • viper's bugloss — noun a bristly plant of the borage family, with pink buds which open to blue flowers, formerly used in the treatment of snake bites. [Echium vulgare.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • viper's bugloss — noun a coarse prickly European weed with spikes of blue flowers; naturalized in United States • Syn: ↑blueweed, ↑blue devil, ↑blue thistle, ↑Echium vulgare • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant …   Useful english dictionary

  • purple viper's-bugloss — gyslotinis ežeinis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Agurklinių šeimos aliejinis, dekoratyvinis, medingas nuodingas augalas (Echium plantagineum), paplitęs Europoje, šiaurės Afrikoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Echium… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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