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Definition of "elapid" [elapid]

  • Any of several venomous snakes of the family Elapidae, which includes the cobras, mambas, and coral snakes. (noun)
  • Of or belonging to the family Elapidae. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "elapid" in a sentence
  • "The list of neurotoxins is long and varied so that only a few examples are used below to show the range of mechanisms: b-Bungarotoxin (a potent venom of elapid snakes) prevents the release of neurotransmitters"
  • "Phylogenetic analysis of the “true” aquatic elapid snakes Hydrophiinae (sensu Smith et al., 1977) indicates two independent radiations into water."
  • "Molecular phylogeny of elapid snakes and a consideration of their biogeographic history."