Definition of coral snake in English:

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coral snake

Pronunciation: /ˈkôrəl ˌsnāk/


A brightly colored venomous snake of the cobra family, typically having conspicuous bands of red, yellow, white, and black. Compare with false coral snake.
  • Micrurus and other genera in the family Elapidae: numerous species.
Example sentences
  • Thus, several kinds of king snakes mimic the venomous coral snake's distinctive pattern of alternating red, black, and yellow or white bands.
  • The ruse works so successfully that some 30 other non-venomous snakes have mimicked the coral snake and share similar color patterns.
  • The Eastern coral snake, itself highly venomous, is also easily avoided.

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Syllabification: cor·al snake

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