adder

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Adder \Add"er\, noun [See {Add}.] One who, or that which, adds; esp., a machine for adding numbers.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Adder \Ad"der\, noun [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. )

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}.

Note: In the sculptures the appellation is given to several venomous serpents, -- sometimes to the horned viper ({Cerastles}).

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

adder

noun

1: a person who adds numbers

2: a machine that adds numbers

3: small terrestrial viper common in northern Eurasia [syn: {adder}, {common viper}, {Vipera berus}]


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