Sea snake
Sea snake Sea" snake` (Zo["o]l.) Any one of many species of venomous aquatic snakes of the family {Hydrophid[ae]}, having a flattened tail and living entirely in the sea, especially in the warmer parts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They feed upon fishes, and are mostly of moderate size, but some species become eight or ten feet long and four inches broad. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sea snake — n any of a family (Hydrophidae) of numerous venomous snakes inhabiting the tropical parts of the Pacific and Indian oceans * * * a snake of the family Hydrophiidae …   Medical dictionary

  • sea snake — sea′ snake n. ram any of several venomous marine snakes of the family Hydrophidae, having a finlike tail • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • sea snake — n. any of a large subfamily (Hydrophiinae) of poisonous elapine snakes with a flattened, oarlike tail, living in tropical seas …   English World dictionary

  • Sea snake — Taxobox name = Sea snake image caption = Yellow bellied sea snake, Pelamis platurus regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata subphylum = Vertebrata classis = Reptilia ordo = Squamata subordo = Serpentes familia = Elapidae familia authority = Boie,… …   Wikipedia

  • sea snake — noun any of numerous venomous aquatic viviparous snakes having a fin like tail; of warm littoral seas; feed on fish which they immobilize with quick acting venom • Hypernyms: ↑snake, ↑serpent, ↑ophidian • Member Holonyms: ↑Hydrophidae, ↑family… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea snake — any of several venomous marine snakes of the family Hydrophidae, having a finlike tail. [1745 55] * * * Any of some 50 species (family Hydrophiidae) of venomous, marine snakes with an oarlike tail and flattened body. Most are found along coasts… …   Universalium

  • sea snake — noun a venomous marine snake found in warm coastal waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans. [Subfamily Hydrophiinae: several species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • sea snake — noun Date: 1755 1. sea serpent 2. any of numerous venomous aquatic chiefly viviparous elapid snakes of warm seas …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sea snake — noun Any of several snakes, of the family Hydrophiidae, that live in the waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans …   Wiktionary

  • sea snake — n. any of venomous tropical marine snakes …   English contemporary dictionary

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