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Webster 1913 Edition


Adder

Add′er

,
Noun.
[See
Add
.]
One who, or that which, adds; esp., a machine for adding numbers.

Ad′der

,
Noun.
[OE.
addere
,
naddere
,
eddre
, AS.
nædre
, adder, snake; akin to OS.
nadra
, OHG.
natra
,
natara
, Ger.
natter
, Goth.
nadrs
, Icel.
naðr
, masc.,
naðra
, fem.: cf. W.
neidr
, Gorn.
naddyr
, Ir.
nathair
, L.
natrix
, water snake.
An adder
is for
a nadder
.]
1.
A serpent.
[Obs.]
“The eddre seide to the woman.”
Wyclif. Gen. iii. 4. )
2.
(Zool.)
(a)
A small venomous serpent of the genus
Vipera
. The common European adder is the
Vipera berus
or
Pelias berus
. The puff adders of Africa are species of
Clotho
.
(b)
In America, the term is commonly applied to several harmless snakes, as the
milk adder
,
puffing adder
, etc.
(c)
Same as
Sea Adder
.
☞ In the sculptures the appellation is given to several venomous serpents, – sometimes to the horned viper (
Cerastles
).

Webster 1828 Edition


Adder

AD'DER

,
Noun.
[L. natrix, a serpent.]
A venomous serpent or viper, of several species.

Definition 2021


Adder

Adder

See also: adder

Luxembourgish

Noun

Adder f (plural Adderen)

  1. grass snake

adder

adder

See also: Adder

English

The head of the common European adder (Vipera berus)
The sea stickleback or adder-fish (Spinachia spinachia)

Noun

adder (plural adders)

  1. (obsolete) Any snake.
  2. A name loosely applied to various snakes more or less resembling the viper; a viper.
    1. (chiefly Britain) A small venomous serpent of the genus Vipera
      1. The common European adder (Vipera berus).
    2. The puff adders, of Africa (genus Bitis).
    3. (US, Canada) Any of several small nonvenomous snakes resembling adders
      1. Lampropeltis triangulum (milk snake).
      2. Heterodon spp. (hog-nosed snakes), a genus of harmless colubrid snakes found in North America
    4. Certain venomous snakes resembling other adders
      1. Acanthophis spp. (death adders), elapid snakes found in Southeast Asia and Australia
      2. Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen, the northern copperhead, a venomous viper found in the eastern United States
    5. A sea stickleback or adder fish (Spinachia spinachia).
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From add + -er.

Noun

adder (plural adders)

  1. Someone who or something which performs arithmetic addition; a machine for adding numbers.
  2. Something which adds or increases.
    They sought out cost adders with an eye toward eliminating them.
Derived terms
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Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology

From Middle Dutch adder, adre, misdivison of nadder, nadre, from Old Dutch *nadra, from Proto-Germanic *nadrǭ.

Noun

adder m, f (plural adders or adderen, diminutive addertje n)

  1. viper, adder

Derived terms

  • addergebroed
  • een addertje onder het gras

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Norwegian Bokmål

Verb

adder

  1. imperative of addere

Old Prussian

Conjunction

adder

  1. or
    wāiklis adder mērgā - boy or girl
  2. but