spring adder, noun phrase

Obsolete. An unidentified species of snake found at the Cape.
1790 W. Paterson Narr. of Four Journeys 164The Spring Adder is a very dangerous but uncommon snake; it is jet black, with white spots, from three to four feet long, and proportionately thick.
1804 R. Percival Acct of Cape of G.H. 170The spring adder derives its name from springing backwards at its object. Its spring not a little resembles those of a tumbler exhibiting his feats of activity. In size it is small, from two to three feet in length but very dangerous.
1819 G.M. Keith Voy. 70The spring adder, very dangerous, but not common...Jet black with white spots.
An unidentified species of snake found at the Cape.

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