King 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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  • King snake — King King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k[ o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See {Kin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king snake — king′ snake or king′snake n. ram any of several harmless New World snakes of the genus Lampropeltis, that often feed on other snakes …   From formal English to slang

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  • king snake — any of several New World constrictors of the genus Lampropeltis, that often feed on other snakes. Also, kingsnake. [1700 10, Amer.; KING + SNAKE] * * * Any of seven species of snake (genus Lampropeltis, family Colubridae) found in numerous… …   Universalium

  • king snake — noun any of numerous nonvenomous North American constrictors; feed on other snakes and small mammals • Syn: ↑kingsnake • Hypernyms: ↑colubrid snake, ↑colubrid • Hyponyms: ↑common kingsnake, ↑La …   Useful english dictionary

  • king snake — /ˈkɪŋ sneɪk/ (say king snayk) noun any of certain large harmless American snakes, especially Lampropeltis getulus, which feed on other snakes, including rattlesnakes …   Australian English dictionary

  • king snake — noun Date: 1709 any of numerous brightly marked colubrid snakes (genus Lampropeltis) chiefly of North and Central America …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • brown king snake — noun : a harmless colubrid snake (Lampropeltis rhombomaculata) of the southeastern United States that preys upon moles …   Useful english dictionary

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