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 for Viper''s bugloss
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  viper \vi"per\ (v[imac]"p[~e]r), n. [F. vip[`e]re, L. vipera,
     probably contr. fr. vivipera; vivus alive + parere to bring
     forth, because it was believed to be the only serpent that
     brings forth living young. Cf. Quick, a., Parent,
     Viviparous, Wivern, Weever.]
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     1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of Old World venomous
        snakes belonging to Vipera, Clotho, Daboia, and
        other genera of the family Viperidae.
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              There came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on
              his hand.                             --Acts xxviii.
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     Note: Among the best-known species are the European adder
           ({Pelias berus), the European asp ({Vipera aspis}),
           the African horned viper ({Vipera cerastes), and the
           Indian viper ({Daboia Russellii).
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     2. A dangerous, treacherous, or malignant person.
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              Who committed
              To such a viper his most sacred trust
              Of secrecy.                           --Milton.
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     3. Loosely, any venomous or presumed venomous snake.
     Horned viper. (Zool.) See Cerastes.
     Red viper (Zool.), the copperhead.
     Viper fish (Zool.), a small, slender, phosphorescent
        deep-sea fish ({Chauliodus Sloanii). It has long ventral
        and dorsal fins, a large mouth, and very long, sharp
     Viper's bugloss (Bot.), a rough-leaved biennial herb
        ({Echium vulgare) having showy purplish blue flowers. It
        is sometimes cultivated, but has become a pestilent weed
        in fields from New York to Virginia. Also called blue
     Viper's grass (Bot.), a perennial composite herb
        ({Scorzonera Hispanica) with narrow, entire leaves, and
        solitary heads of yellow flowers. The long, white,
        carrot-shaped roots are used for food in Spain and some
        other countries. Called also viper grass.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bugloss \Bu"gloss\, n.; pl. Buglosses. [F. buglosse, L.
     buglossa, buglossus, fr. Gr. ? oxtongue ? ox + ? tongue.]
     A plant of the genus Anchusa, and especially the Anchusa
     officinalis, sometimes called alkanet; oxtongue.
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     Small wild bugloss, the Asperugo procumbens and the
        Lycopsis arvensis.
     Viper's bugloss, a species of Echium.
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