Deadliness


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Wikipedia.

Deadliness

anaconda
South American boa constrictor; longest and deadliest of its kind. [Zoology: NCE, 317]
basilisk
monstrous reptile; has fatal breath and glance. [Gk. Folklore: Jobes, 184]
black widow spider
poisonous spider; consumes her mate after mating. [Zoology: NCE, 308]
boa constrictor
largest of all snakes; squeezes its victims in a deadly grip. [Zoology: NCE, 317]
cobra
bite believed to mean certain death. [Folklore: Jobes, 352]
copperhead
deadly pit viper in eastern U.S. [Zoology: NCE, 652]
coral snake
its bite is deadly. [Zoology: NCE, 654]
Gila monster
small but venomous lizard found in U.S. desert. [Zoology: NCE, 1084]
Humbaba
one-eyed, fire- and plague-breathing monster whose eye could strike men dead. [Babyl. Myth.: Gilgamesh; Benét, 485]
Hydra’s gall
deadly; Hercules dipped his arrows in it. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 149]
piranha
South American carnivorous fish. [Zoology: EB, VIII: 1]
Portuguese man-of-war
a long tentacled jellyfish whose sting can be deadly. [Zoology: NCE, 1408]
python
nonvenomous jungle snake crushes its victims. [Zoology: NCE, 2252]
rattlesnake
venomous snake, often deadly. [Zoology: NCE, 2281]
shark
large and ferocious fish, sometimes man-eating. [Zoology: NCE, 2493]
tarantula
spider with a deadly venom. [Zoology: NCE, 2695]
upas
Asian and East Indian tree juice, extremely poisonous. [Eur. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 926]
viper
(or adder) poisonous snake family; puff adder is deadliest of all. [Zoology: NCE, 2898]
water moccasin
(also cottonmouth) highly poisonous snake found in southern U.S. [Zoology: NCE, 2490]
References in periodicals archive ?
Some researchers argue that the cancer is so lethal because it is fast-growing and aggressive, while others suggest the cancer's deadliness stems from an ability to remain hidden for years.
Executions by insurgents and death squads made up the biggest number of Iraqi civilian deaths in five years of war, while suicide bombers acting as "smart bombs" rivaled aerial bombs for deadliness, a study published Thursday said.
Suvari, in what could be a thankless role, gives Phlox a dumb likability, and Nolte inhabits his mobster with that perfect combination of suave and deadliness.
One Kipp commentator, Ranjit, described the doctor's influence as a disease; and in spite of its deadliness, it has not been treated successfully.
Its deadliness, military officials say, lies in its curious demographic for a Taiwanese military unit -- more than half the battalion are Aborigines, a disadvantaged minority on this island of 23 million.
Because when one does something, and can do it regularly, that no one else can do and it is not a trick but a deadly dangerous performance only made possible by perfect nerves, judgment, courage and art and this one increases its deadliness steadily, then the other, if he has any temporary failure of nerves or of judgment, will be gravely wounded or killed if he tries to equal or surpass it.
Colorectal cancer is the third-most-common cancer in men and women and trails only lung cancer in its deadliness, killing almost 50,000 people in the U.
But the frequency and deadliness of its recent attacks suggest that, rather than buckling under the weight of the government crackdown, AQIM is actually growing stronger.
A number of attacks in Afghanistan in recent months have been notable for their increased sophistication and deadliness.
There is also a slight, though noticeable, increase in the frequency and deadliness of Palestinian attacks in the late 1980s.
Cross-culturally, the snake or serpent is one of our most widespread and important mythological symbols, signifying everything from consort of the Goddess, power, sexuality, Divine knowledge, healing, and rebirth to deceitfulness, cunning, vengefulness, evil, and deadliness.
While the frequency of droughts has risen, their deadliness has declined.