Definition of kingsnake in English:

Share this entry

kingsnake

Pronunciation: /ˈkɪŋsneɪk/

noun

A large, smooth-scaled North American constrictor which typically has shiny dark brown or black skin with lighter markings.
  • Genus Lampropeltis, family Colubridae: several species, in particular L. getulus. Compare with milk snake.
Example sentences
  • Though I've never seen a snake forty feet up a telephone pole-straight pine, I have seen black kingsnake about half that high on twisted slash, a smaller pine.
  • At the zoo, the kingsnake started to wrap his body around the zookeeper's arm when he got scared.
  • The kingsnake may discharge musk from glands at the base of the tail and vibrate its tail when disturbed.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: king|snake

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.