Definition of viper noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvaɪpə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvaɪpər//
    Amphibians and reptiles
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  1. 1a small poisonous snake See related entries: Amphibians and reptiles
  2. 2(formal) a person who harms other people
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from French vipère or Latin vipera, from vivus ‘alive’ + parere ‘bring forth’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: viper

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