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spuugslang, noun

Forms:
spoew-slang, spoog slangShow more Also spoew-slang, spoog slang, spugslang, spuigslang, spung slange, spungh slange, spuugh-slange, spuw slang, etc.
Origin:
South African Dutch, Afrikaans, DutchShow more South African Dutch, spuug (Afrikaans spoeg), from Dutch spugen to spit, + slang snake.
obs.
The rinkhals (sense 1), Hemachatus haemachatus.
1789 W. Paterson Narr. of Four Journeys 165The Spoog Slang, or Spitting Snake, has been mentioned to me by the inhabitants of the country, who say it will throw its poison to the distance of several yards.
1931 R.L. Ditmars Snakes of World 172Another name [for the rinkhals] is Spoew-slang, applied from the reptile’s ‘spitting’ its poison.
The rinkhals (sense 1), Hemachatus haemachatus.

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