n. pl. cerastes
Either of two venomous snakes of the genus Cerastes that have a hornlike projection over each eye, including the horned viper.
[Middle English, from Latin cerastēs, from Greek kerastēs, horned serpent, from keras, horn; see ker-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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