Water 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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  • water snake — Water moccasin Wa ter moc ca*sin (Zo[ o]l.) A venomous North American snake ({Ancistrodon piscivorus}) allied to the rattlesnake but destitute of a rattle. It lives in or about pools and ponds, and feeds largely of fishes. Called also {water… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Water snake — Wa ter snake (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A common North American colubrine snake ({Tropidonotus sipedon}) which lives chiefly in the water. (b) Any species of snakes of the family {Homalopsid[ae]}, all of which are aquatic in their habits. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water snake — n. any of numerous saltwater or freshwater snakes; esp., any of a widely distributed genus (Natrix) of thick bodied, nonpoisonous, freshwater colubrid snakes that feed chiefly on fish and amphibians …   English World dictionary

  • water snake — 1. any of numerous and widely distributed harmless snakes of the genus Natrix, inhabiting areas in or near fresh water. 2. any of various other snakes living in or frequenting water. 3. (cap.) Astron. the constellation Hydrus. [1595 1605] * * *… …   Universalium

  • water snake — noun any of various mostly harmless snakes that live in or near water • Hypernyms: ↑colubrid snake, ↑colubrid • Hyponyms: ↑common water snake, ↑banded water snake, ↑Natrix sipedon, ↑Nerodia sipedon, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Water snake — Different snakes are called water snakes. Most are colubrids. Examples include:* Helicops species, including: ** Helicops angulatus * Liophis species, including: ** Liophis cobellus ** Liophis reginae * Nerodia species, including: ** Nerodia… …   Wikipedia

  • water snake — snake which lives in water, hydra …   English contemporary dictionary

  • water snake — wa′ter snake n. 1) ram any of numerous and widely distributed harmless snakes of the genus Natrix, inhabiting areas in or near fresh water 2) ram any of various other snakes living in or frequenting water …   From formal English to slang

  • water snake — /ˈwɔtə sneɪk/ (say wawtuh snayk) noun 1. any of the harmless colubrine snakes of the genus Natrix, found in or near fresh water. 2. any of various other snakes living in or frequenting water …   Australian English dictionary

  • water snake — noun Date: circa 1601 any of various snakes (especially genus Nerodia formerly included in the genus Natrix) that frequent or inhabit freshwaters and feed largely on aquatic animals …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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