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asp / asp/ • n. (also asp viper) a small southern European viper (Vipera aspis) with an upturned snout. ∎  another term for Egyptian cobra.

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asp Popular name for two species of viper, the asp viper of s Europe (Vipera aspis), and the Egyptian asp, a horned, side-winding viper of n Africa (Cerastes cerastes). Both are weakly venomous and eat small animals. Family: Viperidae.

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asp, popular name for several species of viper, one of which, the European asp (Vipera aspis), is native to S Europe. It is also a name for the Egyptian cobra (Naja haja). It is believed that the asp that tradition says Cleopatra used to commit suicide was either that cobra or the horned viper (Cerastes cornutus) of N Africa.

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ASP • abbr. application service provider, a company providing Internet access to software applications that would otherwise have to be installed on individual computers.

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asp1 tree of the poplar family. OE. æspe = OHG. aspa (G. espe is from the adj. espen) :- Gmc. *aspōn. Rel. Russ. osína, OPruss. abse, Lith. ēpuše. Superseded by ASPEN.

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ASP Commerce accepté sous protêt (French: accepted under protest)
• US Air Force aerospace plane
• African Special Project (of the IUCN)
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• (æsp) (USA) Anglo-Saxon Protestant
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asp another name for the Egyptian cobra; it is particularly associated with Cleopatra, who is said to have committed suicide by allowing herself to be bitten by an asp, and has become a type of venomous poison.

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asp2 small viper of N. Africa. XVI. — OF. aspe or its source L. aspis — Gr. aspis, aspid-. The L. form was formerly (XIV) current in Eng., as well as aspic (XVI) — F.; also †aspide — OF.

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asp •asp •clasp, gasp, grasp, hasp, rasp •crisp, lisp, will-o'-the-wisp, wisp •wasp • woodwasp • cusp

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asp (Vipera aspis) See VIPERIDAE.