Definition of snakebite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsneɪkbʌɪt/


[mass noun]
1The bite of a snake, especially a venomous one.
Example sentences
  • Although exotic snakes account for only a small percentage of venomous snakebites, the prevalence of these bites is increasing as the popularity of keeping exotic snakes as house pets continues to rise.
  • Although once popular, surgical intervention with fasciotomy for venomous snakebite is now reserved for selected rare cases and should never be performed prophylactically.
  • Each year, 7,000 venomous snakebites are reported in the United States.
2British A drink consisting of draught cider and lager in equal proportions.
Example sentences
  • Everyone in the back had been drinking snakebites for the best part of the evening, and it was half way down the motorway and one of them said ‘I feel a bit sick, you'll have to stop the van’.
  • We sat in the beer garden and had a drink, but Ghost and Eloise looked like they'd take AGES to finish their snakebite and blacks, so we - Tamsin, Al Fiendish and I - decided we'd go on to the venue itself and let the others catch up with us.

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