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Definition of Adder

  ADDER   noun
A species of snake.  So called from its habit of adding funeral outlays to the other expenses of living.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
???ęd? n. any of various small venomous snakes, esp. the common viper, Vipera berus, the only poisonous snake in Great Britain. ųadder's tongue any fern of the genus Ophioglossum. [OE nódre: n lost in ME by wrong division of a naddre: cf. APRON, AUGER, UMPIRE]

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