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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: vipère, from Latin vipera, probably from vivus 'alive' + parere 'to give birth to'

viper

noun
     
Related topics: Animals
vi‧per [countable]
1HBA a small poisonous snake
2 literary someone who behaves in an unpleasant way and harms other people

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