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Definition: Red viper
(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
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of Old World
venomous snakes belonging to Vipera
and other genera of the family Viperid[ae]
There came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on
his hand. --Acts xxviii.
Note: Among the best-known species are the European adder
), the European asp (Vipera aspis
the African horned viper (Vipera cerastes
), and the
Indian viper (Daboia Russellii
2. A dangerous, treacherous, or malignant person.
To such a viper his most sacred trust
Of secrecy. --Milton.
3. Loosely, any venomous or presumed venomous snake.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Cerastes
(Zo["o]l.), the copperhead.
(Zo["o]l.), a small, slender, phosphorescent
deep-sea fish (Chauliodus Sloanii
). It has long ventral
and dorsal fins, a large mouth, and very long, sharp
(Bot.), a rough-leaved biennial herb
) 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
(Bot.), a perennial composite herb
) 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