Webster 1913 Edition
One who, or that which, adds; esp., a machine for adding numbers.
nædre, adder, snake; akin to OS.
naðra, fem.: cf. W.
natrix, water snake.
An adderis for
[Obs.]“The eddre seide to the woman.”
Wyclif. Gen. iii. 4. )
A small venomous serpent of the genus
Vipera. The common European adder is the
Pelias berus. The puff adders of Africa are species of
In America, the term is commonly applied to several harmless snakes, as the
puffing adder, etc.
☞ In the sculptures the appellation is given to several venomous serpents, – sometimes to the horned viper (
Webster 1828 Edition
A venomous serpent or viper, of several species.