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PIT, fossa. A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Bacteriological studies of the venom and mouth cavities of wild Malayan pit vipers (Calloselasma rhodostoma) in southern Thailand.
Malabar pit viper bites not seen in other areas of the country were also encountered in this study.
Four days later, another parcel containing seven pit vipers bound for China was intercepted after an X-ray examination.
We present the case of a 32-year-old Romanian woman, with no remarkable medical history, who was injured by her own Crotalinae snake (also known as a pit viper or rattlesnake) on her left forearm.
Antivenom is the only proven treatment against pit viper envenomation, and the earlier it's administered, the more effective its action will be.
Following a bite by a pit viper, a 45-year-old man developed renal impairment.
Experts have also identified the spotted wren-babbler bird, a blue-eyed frog, a lance-headed pit viper snake with yellow, red and orange colourings and 133 plants.
It head-butts toxins 25 times as powerful as typical pit viper venom, a phenomenon luckily not discovered by handling.
Yes, it was a 4-foot long cottonmouth, North America's only aquatic venomous pit viper. Afterward, cool and calm, she told reporters it was the first time she'd seen up close how a viper's fangs fold and unfold for attack.