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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 vi·per /ˈvaɪpɚ/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 vi·per /ˈvaɪpɚ/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 vi·per n.
 1. Zool. Any one of numerous species of Old World venomous snakes belonging to Vipera, Clotho, Daboia, and other genera of the family Viperidae.
    There came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.   --Acts xxviii. 3.
 Note:Among the best-known species are the European adder (Pelias berus), the European asp (Vipera aspis), the African horned viper (Vipera cerastes), and the Indian viper (Daboia Russellii).
 2. A dangerous, treacherous, or malignant person.
 Who committed
 To such a viper his most sacred trust
 Of secrecy.   --Milton.
 Horned viper. Zool. See Cerastes.
 Red viper Zool., the copperhead.
 Viper fish Zool., a small, slender, phosphorescent deep-sea fish (Chauliodus Sloanii).  It has long ventral and dorsal fins, a large mouth, and very long, sharp teeth.
 Viper's bugloss Bot., a rough-leaved biennial herb (Echium vulgare) having showy purplish blue flowers.  It is sometimes cultivated, but has become a pestilent weed in fields from New York to Virginia.  Also called blue weed.
 Viper's grass Bot., a perennial composite herb (Scorzonera Hispanica) with narrow, entire leaves, and solitary heads of yellow flowers.  The long, white, carrot-shaped roots are used for food in Spain and some other countries.  Called also viper grass.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : venomous Old World snakes characterized by hollow
          venom-conducting fangs in the upper jaw

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    In Job 20:16, Isa. 30:6; 59:5, the Heb. word eph'eh is thus
    rendered. The Hebrew word, however, probably denotes a species
    of poisonous serpents known by the Arabic name of 'el ephah.
    Tristram has identified it with the sand viper, a species of
    small size common in sandy regions, and frequently found under
    stones by the shores of the Dead Sea. It is rapid in its
    movements, and highly poisonous. In the New Testament _echidne_
    is used (Matt. 3:7; 12:34; 23:33) for any poisonous snake. The
    viper mentioned in Acts 28:3 was probably the vipera aspis, or
    the Mediterranean viper. (See ADDER.)