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krait (plural kraits)
- Any of several brightly-coloured, venomous snakes, of the genus Bungarus, of southeast Asia.
- 1871 December, Dr. J. Ewart, “How the bite of snakes―supposed to be poisonous―may be cured”, in The Australian Medical Gazette:
- On visiting the General Hospital, on the morning of the 22nd of August, I was informed that one of the punkah coolies had been bitten about 8.30 p.m., the night before, by a krait, whose venom is virulently poisonous.
- 2007, A. Philip Parham, Feeling Free, page 190]:
- Now, if you run into one of these kraits, you better NOT run away else you're a goner. It'll catch you for sure and you will die in your tracks.
- 2009, Kate Jackson, Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo, page 295:
- Very much in my thoughts is Joe Slowinski, a herpetologist killed a few years earlier by a misidentified juvenile krait, a snake so small that he couldn't tell if the fang had punctured the skin.
- 2011, Lisa Kemmerer, Animals and World Religions, page 71:
- India has a healthy share of poisonous snakes, including kraits, cobras, and two species of vipers, yet Hindu traditions are overwhelmingly snake-friendly.