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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]
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Ugliness is one of the seven deadly virtues, Gladys.
The fire from the vessels was most ineffectual, owing, as I afterward learned, to the unexpected suddenness of the first volley, which caught the ship's crews entirely unprepared and the sighting apparatus of the guns unprotected from the deadly aim of our warriors.
In the first place," said the General, "we cannot march across the deadly desert to the Land of Oz.
Sir," said Valentine, at the height of her terror, "you say you endured tortures when you saw the deadly poison poured into my glass; but if you saw this, you must also have seen the person who poured it?
Bondly took offence, and with his musket came down to the shore, and blew its deadly contents into the poor old man.
The Sioux still followed with deadly animosity ; dislodged them from their village, and compelled them to take refuge in the Black Hills, near the upper waters of the Sheyenne or Cheyenne River.
On and on they walked, and it seemed that the great carpet of deadly flowers that surrounded them would never end.
Tarzan knew nothing of poison, but his shrewd reasoning told him that it was this deadly stuff that killed, and not the little arrow, which was merely the messenger that carried it into the body of its victim.
Thus it was that the hunt of White Fang became their chief game--a deadly game, withal, and at all times a serious game.
Here in the freezing cold, or away in the deadly heat; in battle or in shipwreck; in the face of starvation; under the shadow of pestilence--I, though hundreds are falling round me, I shall live
I could neither laugh with nor at the solemn utterances of men I esteemed ponderous asses; nor could I laugh, nor engage in my old-time lightsome persiflage, with the silly superficial chatterings of women, who, underneath all their silliness and softness, were as primitive, direct, and deadly in their pursuit of biological destiny as the monkeys women were before they shed their furry coats and replaced them with the furs of other animals.
There is," Passmore continued, "in the foreign district of London a man named Emil Sachs, who keeps a curious sort of a wine-shop, and supplements his earnings by disposing at a high figure of certain rare and deadly poisons.