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Pronunciation: ek'is, e'kis

Definition: The saw-scaled or carpet viper, a genus of small (under 1 m), irritable, and alert snakes with a highly toxic venom; they are responsible for numerous snakebite cases with many fatalities.

[G. echis, a viper]

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