English, South African DutchShow more English interpretation of South African Dutch nachtslang, nacht night + slang snake.
1.Any of several nocturnal snakes of the genus Causus of the Viperidae, especially the common night-adder Causus rhombeatus; nachtslang sense 1.2.Any of several nocturnal snakes of the Colubridae, especially the aurora snake, Lamprophis aurora, and the herald, Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia; nachtslang sense 3.
1816G. Barker Journal. 12 JulyWorked at my peice [sic] of Land, Killed the first serpent I had seen alive in Africa, called a Night Adder.
1832Graham’s Town Jrnl 23 Mar. 50A man in the service of Mr. Bailie was last week bitten in the leg by a night adder.
1834T. PringleAfr. Sketches 280There are several species of snakes which have come under my own observation, such as the nacht-slang (night-adder).
1853F.P. FlemingKaffraria 82The Whip Snake, the Black Snake, the Night Adder, and the House Viper, are all of them venomous in their nature, and fatal in the effect of their bites, if not taken in time.
1854T. Shone Diary. 15 Jan.This morning Henry came home, with the Melancholy news of the Death of Joseph Dixie From the bite of a night Adder.
1888Cape Punch 29 Feb. 119‘It’s a snake,’ I yells in my terror, ‘a bloomin’ night adder.’
1907J.P. FitzpatrickJock of Bushveld 347A night adder rose up before his face and slithered out its forked tongue.
1915Chambers’s Jrnl (U.K.) July 437The night-adder, as its name implies, is most in evidence after sundown.
1932Grocott’s Daily Mail 5 Apr. 2Little Joyce Dunstan..had a terrifying experience with a night adder over Easter, says the Natal Mercury.
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