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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]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Boko Haram has increased the frequency and deadliness of its attacks and is holding some towns and villages along the northeast border where it has declared an Islamic caliphate.
But what Ebola lacks in sheer number of cases, it makes up for in its deadliness.
Hence isolating the virus and maximizing its potential impact as a bio-terror agent is almost negligible, argues those who negates the idea of non-state actors exploiting the deadliness of Ebola to their advantage.
"The scope and scale of the epidemic, the virulence and deadliness of the virus now exceed the capacity and statutory responsibility of any one government agency or ministry," she said.