viper

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From Middle French vipere, from Old French vipre, from Latin vīpera, contracted from vīvipara f (viviparous, adj.), from vivus (alive, adj.) +‎ parere (to bear, verb). Doublet of weever and wyvern.

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viper (plural vipers)

  1. A venomous snake in the family Viperidae.
    Synonym: adder
  2. (informal) Any venomous snake.
  3. (figuratively) A dangerous, treacherous, or malignant person.
  4. (slang) A person who smokes marijuana.
    • a. 1936, Stuff Smith (lyrics and music), “If You're a Viper”:
      Dreamed about a reefer five feet long / Mighty Mezz, but not too strong / You'll be high but not for long / If you're a viper
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:viper.

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