Snake fence
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]


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  • snake fence — Fence Fence (f[e^]ns), n. [Abbrev. from defence.] 1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield. [1913 Webster] Let us be backed with God and with the seas, Which he hath given for fence impregnable …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snake fence — snake′ fence n. bui a fence, zigzag in plan, made of rails resting across one another at an angle • Etymology: 1795–1805, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • snake fence — ☆ snake fence n. VIRGINIA (RAIL) FENCE …   English World dictionary

  • snake fence — noun rail fence consisting of a zigzag of interlocking rails • Syn: ↑worm fence, ↑snake rail fence, ↑Virginia fence • Hypernyms: ↑rail fence * * * noun : worm fence * * * a fence, zigz …   Useful english dictionary

  • snake fence — a fence, zigzag in plan, made of rails resting across one another at an angle. Also called Virginia fence, Virginia rail fence, worm fence. [1795 1805, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • snake fence — noun Date: 1805 worm fence …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • snake fence — /ˈsneɪk fɛns/ (say snayk fens) noun Chiefly US → worm fence …   Australian English dictionary

  • snake-fence — …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Snake eater — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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