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any of several venomous snakes, especially the Egyptian cobra or the horned viper.
Archaeology, .
Historical Examples

But our smiles end with a sigh when we see that there is not only ignorance, but “the poison of asps is under their lips.”
American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 1, January, 1889 Various

“Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps” (pethenim).
Bible Animals; J. G. Wood

The lips may utter golden speech, or drip with the poison of asps.
Popular Amusements J. T. Crane

It is also said that there are asps of four cubits in length.
Mythical Monsters Charles Gould

He shall suck the poison of asps (pethenim): the viper’s (epheh) tongue shall slay him.
Bible Animals; J. G. Wood

Truly the poison of asps was under the lips of Madame Elizabeth of Bavaria.
The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6 E. Rameur

They then seize the asps by the head or tail, and dragging them into the river, so kill them.
The Geography of Strabo, Volume III (of 3) Strabo

Their wine is the gall of dragons, and the venom of asps, which is incurable.
The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various

It was not for the hurt she cared; it was the shame of defeat and outrage that stung her like a whip of asps.
Folle-Farine Ouida

They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent: the venom of asps is under their lips.
The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various

the venomous snake, probably Naja haje (Egyptian cobra), that caused the death of Cleopatra and was formerly used by the Pharaohs as a symbol of their power over life and death See also uraeus
Also called asp viper. a viper, Vipera aspis, that occurs in S Europe and is very similar to but smaller than the adder
horned asp, another name for horned viper
an archaic name for the aspen

poisonous snake, 1520s, earlier aspis (mid-14c.), from Old French aspe (13c.) or directly from Latin aspidem (nominative aspis), from Greek aspis “shield;” the serpent so called probably in reference to its neck hood.

Asp abbr.
aspartic acid
advanced sleep phase syndrome
aspartic acid
American selling price
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
American Society of Parasitologists
Association of Subspecialty Professors

(Heb. pethen), Deut. 32:33; Job 20:14, 16; Isa. 11:8. It was probably the Egyptian cobra (Naja haje), which was very poisonous (Rom. 3:13; Gr. aspis). The Egyptians worshipped it as the _uraeus_, and it was found in the desert and in the fields. The peace and security of Messiah’s reign is represented by the figure of a child playing on the hole of the asp. (See ADDER.)


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