Milk snake
Snake Snake, n. [AS. snaca; akin to LG. snake, schnake, Icel. sn[=a]kr, sn?kr, Dan. snog, Sw. snok; of uncertain origin.] (Zo["o]l.) Any species of the order Ophidia; an ophidian; a serpent, whether harmless or venomous. See {Ophidia}, and {Serpent}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Snakes are abundant in all warm countries, and much the larger number are harmless to man. [1913 Webster]

{Blind snake}, {Garter snake}, {Green snake}, {King snake}, {Milk snake}, {Rock snake}, {Water snake}, etc. See under {Blind}, {Garter}, etc.

{Fetich snake} (Zo["o]l.), a large African snake ({Python Seb[ae]}) used by the natives as a fetich.

{Ringed snake} (Zo["o]l.), a common European columbrine snake ({Tropidonotus natrix}).

{Snake eater}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The markhoor. (b) The secretary bird.

{Snake fence}, a worm fence (which see). [U.S.]

{Snake fly} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of neuropterous insects of the genus {Rhaphidia}; -- so called because of their large head and elongated neck and prothorax.

{Snake gourd} (Bot.), a cucurbitaceous plant ({Trichosanthes anguina}) having the fruit shorter and less snakelike than that of the serpent cucumber.

{Snake killer}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The secretary bird. (b) The chaparral cock.

{Snake moss} (Bot.), the common club moss ({Lycopodium clavatum}). See {Lycopodium}.

{Snake nut} (Bot.), the fruit of a sapindaceous tree ({Ophiocaryon paradoxum}) of Guiana, the embryo of which resembles a snake coiled up.

{Tree snake} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of colubrine snakes which habitually live in trees, especially those of the genus {Dendrophis} and allied genera. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Milk snake — Milk Milk (m[i^]lk), n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mj[=o]lk, Sw. mj[ o]lk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk, OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. ame lgein.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • milk snake — ☆ milk snake n. a harmless colubrid snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) with brown or reddish bands bordered by black: it feeds on rodents, reptiles, etc …   English World dictionary

  • milk snake — milk′ snake n. ram any of numerous, usu. brightly marked king snakes of the subspecies Lampropeltis triangulum (doliata), of North America • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • milk snake — noun nonvenomous tan and brown king snake with an arrow shaped occipital spot; southeastern ones have red stripes like coral snakes • Syn: ↑house snake, ↑milk adder, ↑checkered adder, ↑Lampropeltis triangulum • Hypernyms: ↑king snake, ↑kingsnake …   Useful english dictionary

  • milk snake — any of numerous, usually brightly marked king snakes of the subspecies Lampropeltis triangulum (doliata), of North America. Also called house snake, milk adder. [1790 1800, Amer.; so called because they were said to suck milk from cows] * * * …   Universalium

  • milk snake — noun Date: 1800 a common harmless grayish or tan American colubrid snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) having an arrow shaped occipital marking and brown blotches on the body bordered with black or rings usually of black, red, and yellow; broadly… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • milk snake — noun Any of various snakes, Lampropeltis triangulum, with smooth and shiny scales and typically a pattern of colours that runs red black yellow or white black red …   Wiktionary

  • milk-snake — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Milk — (m[i^]lk), n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mj[=o]lk, Sw. mj[ o]lk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk, OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. ame lgein. [root]107. Cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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