Water adder
Water adder Wa"ter ad"der (Zo["o]l.) (a) The water moccasin. (b) The common, harmless American water snake ({Tropidonotus sipedon}). See Illust. under {Water Snake}. [1913 Webster]

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  • water adder — Water moccasin Wa ter moc ca*sin (Zo[ o]l.) A venomous North American snake ({Ancistrodon piscivorus}) allied to the rattlesnake but destitute of a rattle. It lives in or about pools and ponds, and feeds largely of fishes. Called also {water… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water adder — noun Etymology: Middle English 1. : water moccasin 2. : a common harmless American water snake (Natrix sipedon) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Water moccasin — Wa ter moc ca*sin (Zo[ o]l.) A venomous North American snake ({Ancistrodon piscivorus}) allied to the rattlesnake but destitute of a rattle. It lives in or about pools and ponds, and feeds largely of fishes. Called also {water snake}, {water… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water snake — Water moccasin Wa ter moc ca*sin (Zo[ o]l.) A venomous North American snake ({Ancistrodon piscivorus}) allied to the rattlesnake but destitute of a rattle. It lives in or about pools and ponds, and feeds largely of fishes. Called also {water… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water viper — Water moccasin Wa ter moc ca*sin (Zo[ o]l.) A venomous North American snake ({Ancistrodon piscivorus}) allied to the rattlesnake but destitute of a rattle. It lives in or about pools and ponds, and feeds largely of fishes. Called also {water… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Adder — Ad der, n. [OE. addere, naddere, eddre, AS. n[ae]dre, adder, snake; akin to OS. nadra, OHG. natra, natara, Ger. natter, Goth. nadrs, Icel. na[eth]r, masc., na[eth]ra, fem.: cf. W. neidr, Gorn. naddyr, Ir. nathair, L. natrix, water snake. An adder …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adder — (n.) O.E. næddre a snake, serpent, viper, from W.Gmc. *nædro a snake (Cf. O.N. naðra, M.Du. nadre, O.H.G. natra, Ger. Natter, Goth. nadrs), from PIE root *netr (Cf. L. natrix water snake, probably by folk association with nare …   Etymology dictionary

  • Adder stone — hagstone, location: Dänholm, Germany, Baltic Sea Adder stone is a type of stone, usually glassy, with a naturally occurring hole through it[citation needed]. Such stones have been dis …   Wikipedia

  • adder — adder1 /ad euhr/, n. 1. the common European viper, Vipera berus. 2. any of various other venomous or harmless snakes resembling the viper. [bef. 950; late ME; r. ME nadder (a nadder becoming an adder by misdivision; cf. APRON), OE naeddre; c. OS… …   Universalium

  • adder — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, alteration (by false division of a naddre) of naddre, from Old English nǣdre; akin to Old High German nātara adder, Latin natrix water snake Date: 14th century 1. the common venomous viper (Vipera berus) of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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