Harlequin snake
Harlequin Har"le*quin (h[aum]r"l[-e]*k[i^]n or -kw[i^]n), n. [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. {Hell}, {Kin}.] A buffoon, dressed in party-colored clothes, who plays tricks, often without speaking, to divert the bystanders or an audience; a merry-andrew; originally, a droll rogue of Italian comedy. --Percy Smith. [1913 Webster]

As dumb harlequin is exhibited in our theaters. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

{Harlequin bat} (Zo["o]l.), an Indian bat ({Scotophilus ornatus}), curiously variegated with white spots.

{Harlequin beetle} (Zo["o]l.), a very large South American beetle ({Acrocinus longimanus}) having very long legs and antenn[ae]. The elytra are curiously marked with red, black, and gray.

{Harlequin cabbage bug}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Calicoback}.

{Harlequin caterpillar}. (Zo["o]l.), the larva of an American bombycid moth ({Euch[ae]tes egle}) which is covered with black, white, yellow, and orange tufts of hair.

{Harlequin duck} (Zo["o]l.), a North American duck ({Histrionicus histrionicus}). The male is dark ash, curiously streaked with white.

{Harlequin moth}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Magpie Moth}.

{Harlequin opal}. See {Opal}.

{Harlequin snake} (Zo["o]l.), See {harlequin snake} in the vocabulary. [1913 Webster]


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  • harlequin snake — har le*quin snake n. any of several venomous New World snakes brilliantly banded in red and black and either yellow or white, especially the {eastern coral snake}, a small poisonous snake ({Micrurus fulvius} or {Elaps fulvius}), ringed with red… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harlequin snake — may refer to:* Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen , a.k.a. the northern copperhead; a venomous viper found in the eastern United States.Wright AH, Wright AA. 1957. Handbook of Snakes. Comstock Publishing Associates. (7th printing, 1985). 1105 pp.… …   Wikipedia

  • harlequin snake — ☆ harlequin snake n. the E American coral snake (Micrurus fulvius) * * * …   Universalium

  • harlequin snake — ☆ harlequin snake n. the E American coral snake (Micrurus fulvius) …   English World dictionary

  • harlequin snake — noun : coral snake; especially : bead snake * * * harlequin snake, = coral snake. (Cf. ↑coral snake) …   Useful english dictionary

  • harlequin-snake — noun any of several venomous New World snakes brilliantly banded in red and black and either yellow or white; widely distributed in South America and Central America • Syn: ↑coral snake, ↑New World coral snake • Hypernyms: ↑elapid, ↑elapid snake… …   Useful english dictionary

  • harlequin snake — coral s …   Medical dictionary

  • Striped Harlequin Snake — Taxobox name = Striped Harlequin Snake status = LR/nt | status system = IUCN2.3 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Reptilia ordo = Squamata familia = Colubridae genus = Homoroselaps species = H. dorsalis binomial = Homoroselaps… …   Wikipedia

  • Harlequin — Har le*quin (h[aum]r l[ e]*k[i^]n or kw[i^]n), n. [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. {Hell}, {Kin}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harlequin bat — Harlequin Har le*quin (h[aum]r l[ e]*k[i^]n or kw[i^]n), n. [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. {Hell} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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