elapid
noun Etymology: New Latin Elap-, Elaps, genus of snakes, from Middle Greek, a fish, alteration of Greek elops Date: 1885 any of a family (Elapidae) of venomous snakes (as the cobras and coral snakes) with hollow fangs

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  • elapid — n. a venomous snake of the family {Elapidae}, including the . [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elapid — /el euh pid/, n. 1. any of numerous cosmopolitan snakes of the family Elapidae, having permanently erect fangs in the front of the upper jaw and including the New World coral snakes, the cobras, and most Australian snakes. adj. 2. belonging or… …   Universalium

  • elapid — noun any of numerous venomous fanged snakes of warmer parts of both hemispheres • Syn: ↑elapid snake • Hypernyms: ↑snake, ↑serpent, ↑ophidian • Hyponyms: ↑coral snake, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • elapid — 1. noun Any of many species of snakes, of the family Elapidae, including the cobras, mambas, and coral snakes 2. adjective Characteristic of these snakes …   Wiktionary

  • elapid — Any member of the snake family Elapidae. * * * el·a·pid (elґə pid) 1. any snake of the family Elapidae. 2. of or pertaining to the family Elapidae …   Medical dictionary

  • elapid — n. any of a number of poisonous snakes of the Elapidae family …   English contemporary dictionary

  • elapid — el·a·pid …   English syllables

  • elapid — el•a•pid [[t]ˈɛl ə pɪd[/t]] n. ram any venomous snake of the family Elapidae, having erect fangs in the upper jaw and including coral snakes and cobras • Etymology: 1880–85; < NL Elapidae=Elap , s. of Elaps a genus (« Gk éllops a marine fish)… …   From formal English to slang

  • elapid — /ˈɛləpɪd/ (say eluhpid) noun 1. any snake of the family Elapidae, of warm regions, characterised by fixed venomous fangs at the front of the jaw, and including many Australian snakes, as the taipan and tiger snake, as well as cobras, mambas and… …   Australian English dictionary

  • elapid snake — elapid (def. 1) …   Medical dictionary

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