nachtslang, noun

Forms:
Also nachtschlange, nachtslaang.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, nacht night + slang snake, serpent.
obs.
Any of several nocturnal snakes. 1. night-adder sense 1. 2. Either of two snakes of the Elapidae: a. garter snake; b. the coral snake, Aspidelaps lubricus lubricus. 3. night-adder sense 2. In all senses also called night-serpent, night-snake.
1821 C.I. Latrobe Jrnl of Visit 124The bite of the Nachtschlange, or night-serpent, is said by the Hottentot poison-doctors, to be uncurable. It is..marked with dark blue or black, vermilion, and yellow rings.
1937 Guide to Vertebrate Fauna of E. Cape Prov. (Albany Museum) II. 54Lamprophis aurora Linn. Nachtslang,..Olive brown or light olive-green above, with a long golden yellow line or row of orange spots from the top of the head along the centre of the back to the tip of the tail.
night-adder1.
garter snake;
the coral snake, Aspidelaps lubricus lubricus.
night-adder2. In all senses also called night-serpent, night-snake.

Visualise Quotations

Quotation summary

Senses

18211937