Ribbon snake
Ribbon Rib"bon, n. [OE. riban, OF. riban, F. ruban, probably of German origin; cf. D. ringband collar, necklace, E. ring circle, and band.] [Written also {riband}, {ribband}.] 1. A fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used for trimming some part of a woman's attire, for badges, and other decorative purposes. [1913 Webster]

2. A narrow strip or shred; as, a steel or magnesium ribbon; sails torn to ribbons. [1913 Webster]

3. (Shipbuilding) Same as {Rib-band}. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. Driving reins. [Cant] --London Athen[ae]um. [1913 Webster]

5. (Her.) A bearing similar to the bend, but only one eighth as wide. [1913 Webster]

6. (Spinning) A silver. [1913 Webster]

Note: The blue ribbon, and The red ribbon, are phrases often used to designate the British orders of the Garter and of the Bath, respectively, the badges of which are suspended by ribbons of these colors. See {Blue ribbon}, under {Blue}. [1913 Webster]

{Ribbon fish}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any elongated, compressed, ribbon-shaped marine fish of the family {Trachypterid[ae]}, especially the species of the genus {Trachypterus}, and the oarfish ({Regelecus Banksii}) of the North Atlantic, which is sometimes over twenty feet long. (b) The hairtail, or bladefish. (c) A small compressed marine fish of the genus {Cepola}, having a long, slender, tapering tail. The European species ({Cepola rubescens}) is light red throughout. Called also {band fish}.

{Ribbon grass} (Bot.), a variety of reed canary grass having the leaves stripped with green and white; -- called also {Lady's garters}. See {Reed grass}, under {Reed}.

{Ribbon seal} (Zo["o]l.), a North Pacific seal ({Histriophoca fasciata}). The adult male is dark brown, conspicuously banded and striped with yellowish white.

{Ribbon snake} (Zo["o]l.), a common North American snake ({Eutainia saurita}). It is conspicuously striped with bright yellow and dark brown.

{Ribbon Society}, a society in Ireland, founded in the early part of the 19th century in antagonism to the Orangemen. It afterwards became an organization of tennant farmers banded together to prevent eviction by landlords. It took its name from the green ribbon worn by members as a badge.

{Ribborn worm}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A tapeworm. (b) A nemertean. [1913 Webster]


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  • Ribbon snake — Taxobox name = Ribbon Snake image size = 200px image caption = Ribbon Snake Thamnophis sauritus regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Reptilia ordo = Squamata subordo = Serpentes familia = Colubridae genus = Thamnophis species = T.… …   Wikipedia

  • ribbon snake — noun slender yellow striped North American garter snake; prefers wet places (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑Thamnophis sauritus • Hypernyms: ↑garter snake, ↑grass snake * * * noun : a common No. American garter snake (Thamnophis saurita) found chiefly in wet… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ribbon snake — either of two long tailed garter snakes, Thamnophis proximus or T. sauritus, of eastern and central North America, having a brownish body and yellow or orange stripes. [1730 40, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Eastern Ribbon Snake — Taxobox name = Eastern garter Snake image caption = Photo of the Eastern Ribbon Snake regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Reptilia ordo = Squamata subordo = Serpentes familia = Colubridae genus = Thamnophis species = T. sauritus… …   Wikipedia

  • Western ribbon snake — noun yellow or reddish striped snake of temperate woodlands and grasslands to tropics • Syn: ↑Thamnophis proximus • Hypernyms: ↑garter snake, ↑grass snake …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ribbon — Rib bon, n. [OE. riban, OF. riban, F. ruban, probably of German origin; cf. D. ringband collar, necklace, E. ring circle, and band.] [Written also {riband}, {ribband}.] 1. A fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used for trimming some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ribbon fish — Ribbon Rib bon, n. [OE. riban, OF. riban, F. ruban, probably of German origin; cf. D. ringband collar, necklace, E. ring circle, and band.] [Written also {riband}, {ribband}.] 1. A fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ribbon grass — Ribbon Rib bon, n. [OE. riban, OF. riban, F. ruban, probably of German origin; cf. D. ringband collar, necklace, E. ring circle, and band.] [Written also {riband}, {ribband}.] 1. A fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ribbon seal — Ribbon Rib bon, n. [OE. riban, OF. riban, F. ruban, probably of German origin; cf. D. ringband collar, necklace, E. ring circle, and band.] [Written also {riband}, {ribband}.] 1. A fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ribbon Society — Ribbon Rib bon, n. [OE. riban, OF. riban, F. ruban, probably of German origin; cf. D. ringband collar, necklace, E. ring circle, and band.] [Written also {riband}, {ribband}.] 1. A fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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