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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a coarse prickly European weed with spikes of blue flowers; naturalized in United States;
[syn: blueweed, blue devil, blue thistle, viper's bugloss, Echium vulgare]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of Old World venomous snakes belonging to Vipera, Clotho, Daboia, and other genera of the family Viperidae. [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. (Zool.) See Cerastes. Red viper (Zool.), the copperhead. Viper fish (Zool.), 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 v.0.48:

blueweed \blue"weed\ n. a coarse prickly European weed (Echium vulgare) with spikes of blue flowers; naturalized in the U. S. Syn: blue devil, blue thistle, viper's bugloss. [WordNet 1.5]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

Echium vulgare n 1: a coarse prickly European weed with spikes of blue flowers; naturalized in United States [syn: blueweed, blue devil, blue thistle, viper's bugloss, Echium vulgare]




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