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snake British & World English

A long limbless reptile which has no eyelids, a short tail, and jaws that are capable of considerable extension. Some snakes have a venomous bite

the snake in snake British & World English

A former system of interconnected exchange rates for the currencies of EC countries

rat snake British & World English

A harmless constricting snake that feeds on rats and other small mammals

sea snake British & World English

A venomous marine snake with a flattened tail, which lives in the warm coastal waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans and does not come on to land

snake fly British & World English

A slender woodland insect with transparent wings and a long ‘neck’ which allows the head to be raised above the body

snake oil British & World English

A substance with no real medicinal value sold as a remedy for all diseases

snake pit British & World English

A pit containing poisonous snakes

blind snake British & World English

A small burrowing insectivorous snake which lacks a distinct head and has very small inefficient eyes

brown snake British & World English

A fast-moving, aggressive venomous Australian snake, with a variety of colour forms

bull snake British & World English

A gopher snake of a race found on the plains and prairies of North America

pine snake British & World English

A large harmless North American snake with dark markings. When disturbed it hisses loudly and vibrates its tail

pipe snake British & World English

Any of a number of slender tropical burrowing snakes, in particular:

rock snake British & World English

The Asian rock python

coral snake British & World English

A brightly coloured venomous snake of the cobra family, typically having conspicuous bands of red, yellow, white, and black

corn snake British & World English

A long North American rat snake with a spear-shaped mark between the eyes

file snake British & World English

A widespread but rarely seen nocturnal African constricting snake which is triangular in cross section with rough scales, giving it the appearance of a three-cornered file

swamp snake British & World English

An olive-coloured venomous snake living in marshy and wet country on the east coast of Australia

tree snake British & World English

A harmless arboreal snake, typically very slender and able to mimic a twig

tiger snake British & World English

A deadly Australian snake, typically marked with brown and yellow bands

snake dance British & World English

A dance in which the performers handle live snakes or imitate the motions of snakes, in particular a ritual dance of the North American Hopi Indians involving the handling of live rattlesnakes

snake eyes British & World English

A throw of two ones with a pair of dice

snake fence British & World English

A fence made of roughly split rails or poles joined in a zigzag pattern with their ends crossing

Snake River British & World English

A river of the north-western US. Rising in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, it flows for 1,670 km (1,038 miles) through Idaho into the state of Washington, where it joins the Columbia River

wart snake British & World English

A large aquatic fish-eating snake with coarse-textured scales which give it a file-like appearance, native to SE Asia and Australia

water snake British & World English

A harmless snake which is a powerful swimmer and spends part of its time in fresh water hunting for prey. Water snakes are found in Africa, Asia, and America

whip snake British & World English

Any of a number of slender fast-moving snakes which often feed on lizards and catch their prey by pursuing it, in particular:

worm snake British & World English

A small harmless North American snake which resembles an earthworm

wolf snake British & World English

A harmless Old World snake with long upper teeth:

glass snake British & World English

Another term for glass lizard.

grass snake British & World English

A common harmless Eurasian snake that typically has a yellowish band around the neck and is often found in or near water

green snake British & World English

A harmless American snake with a green back and white or yellowish underparts

milk snake British & World English

A harmless North American constrictor that is typically strongly marked with red and black on yellow or white. It was formerly supposed to suck milk from sleeping cows

smooth snake British & World English

A harmless Eurasian snake which is grey to reddish in colour, typically living in heathy country where it feeds on lizards

snake charmer British & World English

An entertainer who appears to make snakes move by playing music

snake-hipped British & World English

(Of a person) having very slender hips and moving in a sinuous way

snake lizard British & World English

A nocturnal legless lizard native to Australia and New Guinea

gopher snake British & World English

A large harmless yellowish-cream snake with darker markings, native to western North America

garter snake British & World English

A common, harmless North American snake that typically has well-defined longitudinal stripes and favours damp habitats

flying snake British & World English

A greenish semi-arboreal SE Asian snake which can glide down from a tree in a stiff horizontal position, with the belly hollowed to slow its descent

hognose snake British & World English

A harmless burrowing American snake with an upturned snout. When threatened it inflates itself with air and hisses, and may feign death

indigo snake British & World English

A large harmless American snake that typically has bluish-black skin which may be patterned

snake mackerel British & World English

Another term for escolar.

snake's head British & World English

A Eurasian fritillary with flowers chequered in red and purple, typically growing in damp hay meadows and water meadows

Aesculapian snake British & World English

A long, slender olive-brown to greyish snake found in Europe and SW Asia. In ancient times it was protected owing to its mythical link with the god of medicine, Aesculapius

shieldtail snake British & World English

A burrowing snake that has a flat disk formed from an enlarged scale on the upper surface of the tail, native to the rain forests of southern India and Sri Lanka

brown tree snake British & World English

A nocturnal tree snake of Pacific origin that has escaped captivity as a pet to threaten native fauna in many Pacific Rim locations

egg-eating snake British & World English

An Old World snake which swallows birds' eggs

false coral snake British & World English

A harmless snake that mimics the bright coloration of the venomous coral snakes

carpet python British & World English

A common large Australian climbing snake that is typically brightly patterned

carpet snake in carpet python British & World English

A common large Australian climbing snake that is typically brightly patterned


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