Sinonimi: Egyptian cobra | Naja haje | asp viper | Vipera aspis
ETYM Latin aspis, from Greek aspis: cf. Old Fren. aspe, French aspic.
1. Cobra used by the Pharaohs as a symbol of their power over life and death; SYN. Egyptian cobra, Naja haje.
2. Of southern Europe; similar to but smaller than the adder; SYN. asp viper, Vipera aspis.
Any of several venomous snakes, including Vipera aspis of S Europe, allied to the adder, and the Egyptian cobra Naja haje, reputed to have been used by the Egyptian queen Cleopatra for her suicide.