coral snake
noun Date: circa 1772 1. any of several venomous chiefly tropical New World elapid snakes (genus Micrurus) brilliantly banded in red, black, and yellow or white that include two (M. fulvius and M. euryxanthus) ranging northward into the southern United States 2. any of several harmless snakes resembling the coral snakes

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  • Coral snake — (Micrurus sp.) Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • Coral snake — Coral Cor al, n. [Of. coral, F, corail, L. corallum, coralium, fr. Gr. kora llion.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The hard parts or skeleton of various Anthozoa, and of a few Hydrozoa. Similar structures are also formed by some Bryozoa. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coral snake — ☆ coral snake n. any of several small, poisonous, burrowing elapine snakes (genera Micrurus and Micruroides), found in the S U.S. and subtropical America, with coral red, yellow, and black bands around its body …   English World dictionary

  • coral snake — kȯr əl , kär n any of several venomous chiefly tropical New World elapid snakes of the genus Micrurus that are brilliantly banded in red, black, and yellow or white and include two (M. fulvius and M. euryxanthus) ranging northward into the… …   Medical dictionary

  • coral snake — 1. any of numerous venomous elapid snakes, found chiefly in the New World tropics, as Micrurus fulvius (eastern coral snake), of the southeastern U.S., often brilliantly marked with bands of red, yellow, and black. 2. any of several other snakes …   Universalium

  • coral snake — noun 1. any of various venomous elapid snakes of Asia and Africa and Australia • Syn: ↑Old World coral snake • Hypernyms: ↑elapid, ↑elapid snake • Hyponyms: ↑Asian coral snake, ↑African coral snake, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • coral snake — /ˈkɒrəl sneɪk/ (say koruhl snayk) noun 1. a small, venomous but unaggressive snake, Brachyurophis australis, of eastern Australia, red with distinctive black and yellow banding. 2. any of the brilliantly coloured venomous snakes of the genus… …   Australian English dictionary

  • coral snake — noun a brightly banded venomous snake of the cobra family. [Micrurus and other genera: numerous species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • coral snake — cor′al snake n. ram any of several venomous elapid snakes often marked with bands of red, yellow, and black, as Micrurus fulvius, of the SE U.S …   From formal English to slang

  • coral snake — noun Any of various venomous snakes of the genera Micrurus and Micruroides, native to tropical South America and Southern USA and having bright bands of red, yellow and black …   Wiktionary

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