1. [syn: adder, common viper, Vipera berus]
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. )
(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
(b) In America, the term is commonly applied to several
harmless snakes, as the milk adder, puffing adder,
(c) Same as Sea Adder.
Note: In the sculptures the appellation is given to several
venomous serpents, -- sometimes to the horned viper
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: small terrestrial viper common in northern Eurasia [syn:
adder, common viper, Vipera berus]