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date: 17 July 2018

fer de lance /ˌfɛː də ˈlɑːns/ 

noun (plural fers de lance pronounced same or fer de lances)

a large and dangerous pit viper native to Central and South America.
● Genus Bothrops, family Viperidae: several species, in particular B. atrox.

    – origin late 19th century: from French, literally '‘ iron (head) of a lance’ '.