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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hognosesnake \Hog"nose`snake"\ (Zool.) A harmless North American snake of the genus Heterodon, esp. Heterodon platyrhynos; -- called also puffing adder, blowing adder, and sand viper. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Puffing \Puff"ing\, a. & n. from Puff, v. i. & t. [1913 Webster] Puffing adder. (Zool.) Same as Puff adder (b), under Puff. Puffing pig (Zool.), the common porpoise. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 is for a nadder.] 1. A serpent. [Obs.] "The eddre seide to the woman." --Wyclif. Gen. iii. 4. ) [1913 Webster] 2. (Zool.) (a) A small venomous serpent of the genus Vipera. The common European adder is the Vipera berus or Pelias berus. The puff adders of Africa are species of Clotho. (b) In America, the term is commonly applied to several harmless snakes, as the milk adder, puffing adder, etc. (c) Same as Sea Adder. [1913 Webster] Note: In the sculptures the appellation is given to several venomous serpents, -- sometimes to the horned viper (Cerastles). [1913 Webster]