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 for puffing adder
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hognosesnake \Hog"nose`snake"\ (Zool.)
     A harmless North American snake of the genus Heterodon,
     esp. Heterodon platyrhynos; -- called also puffing adder,
     blowing adder, and sand viper.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Puffing \Puff"ing\,
     a. & n. from Puff, v. i. & t.
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     Puffing adder. (Zool.) Same as Puff adder
     (b), under Puff.
  
     Puffing pig (Zool.), the common porpoise.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Adder \Ad"der\, n. [OE. addere, naddere, eddre, AS. n[ae]dre,
     adder, snake; akin to OS. nadra, OHG. natra, natara, Ger.
     natter, Goth. nadrs, Icel. na[eth]r, masc., na[eth]ra, fem.:
     cf. W. neidr, Gorn. naddyr, Ir. nathair, L. natrix, water
     snake. An adder is for a nadder.]
     1. A serpent. [Obs.] "The eddre seide to the woman."
        --Wyclif. Gen. iii. 4. )
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     2. (Zool.)
        (a) A small venomous serpent of the genus Vipera. The
            common European adder is the Vipera berus or Pelias
            berus. The puff adders of Africa are species of
            Clotho.
        (b) In America, the term is commonly applied to several
            harmless snakes, as the milk adder, puffing adder,
            etc.
        (c) Same as Sea Adder.
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     Note: In the sculptures the appellation is given to several
           venomous serpents, -- sometimes to the horned viper
           ({Cerastles).
           [1913 Webster]

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