Indigo snake
Indigo In"di*go, a. Having the color of, pertaining to, or derived from, indigo. [1913 Webster]

{Indigo berry} (Bot.), the fruit of the West Indian shrub {Randia aculeata}, used as a blue dye.

{Indigo bird} (Zo["o]l.), a small North American finch ({Cyanospiza cyanea}). The male is indigo blue in color. Called also {indigo bunting}.

{Indigo blue}. (a) The essential coloring material of commercial indigo, from which it is obtained as a dark blue earthy powder, with a reddish luster, {C16H10N2O2}, which may be crystallized by sublimation. Indigo blue is also made from artificial amido cinnamic acid, and from artificial isatine; and these methods are of great commercial importance. Called also {indigotin}. (b) A dark, dull blue color like the indigo of commerce.

{Indigo brown} (Chem.), a brown resinous substance found in crude indigo.

{Indigo copper} (Min.), covellite.

{Indigo green}, a green obtained from indigo.

{Indigo plant} (Bot.), a leguminous plant of several species (genus {Indigofera}), from which indigo is prepared. The different varieties are natives of Asia, Africa, and America. Several species are cultivated, of which the most important are the {Indigofera tinctoria}, or {common indigo plant}, the {Indigofera Anil}, a larger species, and the {Indigofera disperma}.

{Indigo purple}, a purple obtained from indigo.

{Indigo red}, a dyestuff, isomeric with indigo blue, obtained from crude indigo as a dark brown amorphous powder.

{Indigo snake} (Zo["o]l.), the gopher snake.

{Indigo white}, a white crystalline powder obtained by reduction from indigo blue, and by oxidation easily changed back to it; -- called also {indigogen}.

{Indigo yellow}, a substance obtained from indigo. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • indigo snake — ☆ indigo snake n. a large, smooth, harmless, colubrid snake (Drymarchon corais) found in lowlands from S.C. to Tex …   English World dictionary

  • indigo snake — a large, deep blue or brown harmless snake, Drymarchon corais, ranging from the southern U.S. to South America and invading burrows to prey on small mammals: the eastern subspecies D. corais couperi is now greatly reduced in number. Also called… …   Universalium

  • indigo snake — noun large dark blue nonvenomous snake that invades burrows; found in southern North America and Mexico • Syn: ↑gopher snake, ↑Drymarchon corais • Hypernyms: ↑colubrid snake, ↑colubrid • Hyponyms: ↑eastern indigo snake, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • indigo snake — n. large nonvenomous indigo colored snake that preys on small animals found from south United States to South America …   English contemporary dictionary

  • indigo snake — in′digo snake′ n. ram a large, harmless, shiny blue black New World snake Drymarchon corais[/ex] Also called gopher snake Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • indigo snake — noun Date: circa 1885 a very large blue black or brownish colubrid snake (Drymarchon corais) of the southeastern United States and Texas to Argentina called also gopher snake …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • indigo snake — noun a large harmless American snake, typically bluish black. [Drymarchon corais.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Eastern indigo snake — Conservation status Least Concern ( …   Wikipedia

  • Middle American Indigo Snake — Drymarchon melanurus Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • eastern indigo snake — noun a variety of indigo snake • Syn: ↑Drymarchon corais couperi • Hypernyms: ↑indigo snake, ↑gopher snake, ↑Drymarchon corais …   Useful english dictionary

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