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a kind of snake – thick and short body but poisonous; related to the vipers; found in Europe and Asia – there are several kinds with different names – ‘puff adder’ and ‘night adder’ in Africa; ‘death adder’ in Australia;
The adder is the only poisonous snake found in Great Britain.
Adders do not lay eggs; but give birth to approximately eight live young, usually in late summer.
Female adders are larger than males.
1. as deaf as an adder = (of someone) cannot hear
2. death-adder man = [Australian expression] a bad tempered person who lives away from others on purpose
3. (of someone) has death-adders in his pocket = [Australian expression] someone who is very mean (stingy) with money