Definition of grass snake in English:

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grass snake

Pronunciation: /ˈɡras ˌsnāk/

noun

1A common harmless Eurasian snake that typically has a yellowish band around the neck and is often found in or near water.
  • Natrix natrix, family Colubridae.
Example sentences
  • Adders are one of three species of snake which can be found in the British Isles, the others being the smooth snake and the grass snake.
  • A few years ago in the Midlands of England, I witnessed a crowd gathered around a grass snake in a meadow near a footpath.
  • But experts say the serpent is more likely to be a harmless grass snake.
1.1North American another term for green snake.
Example sentences
  • The smooth green snake, a North American native, is sometimes called the green grass snake but this doesn't sound like one.
  • An American green snake and striped garter snakes are also called grass snakes.

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