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noun

(also asp viper)
  • 1A small southern European viper with an upturned snout.

    Vipera aspis, family Viperidae

    ‘Overseas they have a mixture of cobras, vipers, asps and snake types that we don't have here, that produce quite different effects.’
    • ‘But, he mused: ‘I feel that I may be taking an asp to my bosom.’’
    • ‘Surely the worst asps in this world are the ones one has clasped to the bosom.’
    • ‘If you were rotten, you might be a vole or an asp or a dung beetle.’
    • ‘Stretched out seductively on her cushion at Wolf's right elbow, she resembled an asp in greenery.’
    • ‘You try not to be seen, yet you snap out unexpectedly like a hidden asp.’
    • ‘The story of the asp, and of the suicide note, not only proclaimed Octavian's innocence: it gilded him with honour.’
    • ‘Thus animals could be seen as the embodiments of evil, like the asp of Macarius of Alexandria.’
    • ‘Have we, as a Nation, in our liberality, clasped an asp to our collective bosom.’
    • ‘Soon after Shirley Temple committed suicide by stinging herself with an asp's venom and her sadness was mirrored by thousands across the world.’
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      another term for Egyptian cobra
      ‘In his play Antony and Cleopatra, Cleopatra is delivered a basket of figs containing an asp, the venomous snake that ultimately causes her death.’
      • ‘She would not live this way, so history says she had an asp, which was an Egyptian cobra, brought to her hidden in a basket of figs.’
      • ‘This doesn't sound too appetizing to Cleo, and she has an asp - a rather poisonous snake - brought to her hidden in a basket of figs.’
      • ‘In the basket is an asp, a very poisonous snake which kills painlessly.’
      • ‘A rustic, who engages the Queen in quibbling banter, brings asps concealed in a basket of figs.’
      • ‘Tragedy and romance have never been so irresistibly entwined: the beautiful young queen, maddened by grief, hastening to join her dead lover, Mark Antony, through the kiss of an asp.’
      • ‘A clown enters her chamber before she is to be taken away by Caesar, bringing a basket of figs in which there is a poisonous asp which Cleopatra uses to kill herself.’
      • ‘‘He had a heart of gold, but he also had a tongue as sharp as a Gillette razor and a bite every bit as venomous as the asp that bit Cleopatra,’ he said.’
      • ‘You would think after Eve's shenanigans in the Garden of Eden and Cleopatra's mishap with her asp, we would have learned by now.’
      • ‘Cleopatra, fallen into Caesar's power but determined not to grace his triumph, takes her own life by the bite of an asp.’
      • ‘The Egyptian queen clutches the asp with a frightening tenacity, while the naked object of Zeus's golden shower grasps the coins from Olympus as one who fully understands the terms of the consummation being visited upon her.’
      • ‘Antony committed suicide while Cleopatra took the asp.’

Pronunciation

asp

/asp/ /æsp/

Origin

Middle English from Latin aspis, from Greek.

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ASP2

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abbreviation

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