milk snake
noun Date: 1800 a common harmless grayish or tan American colubrid snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) having an arrow-shaped occipital marking and brown blotches on the body bordered with black or rings usually of black, red, and yellow; broadly king snake

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  • Milk Snake — red milk snake Lampropeltis triangulum syspila Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • Milk snake — Milk Milk (m[i^]lk), n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mj[=o]lk, Sw. mj[ o]lk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk, OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. ame lgein.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Milk 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • milk snake — ☆ milk snake n. a harmless colubrid snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) with brown or reddish bands bordered by black: it feeds on rodents, reptiles, etc …   English World dictionary

  • milk snake — milk′ snake n. ram any of numerous, usu. brightly marked king snakes of the subspecies Lampropeltis triangulum (doliata), of North America • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • milk snake — noun nonvenomous tan and brown king snake with an arrow shaped occipital spot; southeastern ones have red stripes like coral snakes • Syn: ↑house snake, ↑milk adder, ↑checkered adder, ↑Lampropeltis triangulum • Hypernyms: ↑king snake, ↑kingsnake …   Useful english dictionary

  • milk snake — any of numerous, usually brightly marked king snakes of the subspecies Lampropeltis triangulum (doliata), of North America. Also called house snake, milk adder. [1790 1800, Amer.; so called because they were said to suck milk from cows] * * * …   Universalium

  • milk snake — noun Any of various snakes, Lampropeltis triangulum, with smooth and shiny scales and typically a pattern of colours that runs red black yellow or white black red …   Wiktionary

  • milk-snake — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Milk — (m[i^]lk), n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mj[=o]lk, Sw. mj[ o]lk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk, OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. ame lgein. [root]107. Cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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