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definition of the word adder

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From Middle English addere (resulted from misdivision of a naddere to an addere) < Middle English naddere < Old English nædre, "adder", "snake". Akin to Old Saxon nadra, Old High German natra, natara, German natter, Gothic nadrs, Icelandic naðr, masculine, naðra, feminine: compare Welsh neidr, Cornish naddyr, Irish nathair, Latin natrix, water snake.

Singular
adder

Plural
adders

adder (plural adders)

  1. (obsolete) A snake.
  2. (UK) A small venomous serpent of the genus Vipera. The common European adder is the Vipera (or Pelias) berus. The puff adders of Africa are species of the genus Clotho.
  3. (US and Canada) Any of several small nonvenomous snakes resembling the adder, such as the milk snake.

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