rat snake
noun Date: 1860 any of various large harmless chiefly rat-eating colubrid snakes (especially genus Elaphe) — called also chicken snake

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Rat snake — Rat Rat (r[a^]t), n. [AS. r[ae]t; akin to D. rat, OHG. rato, ratta, G. ratte, ratze, OLG. ratta, LG. & Dan. rotte, Sw. r[*a]tta, F. rat, Ir. & Gael radan, Armor. raz, of unknown origin. Cf. {Raccoon}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of several species of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rat snake — rat′ snake n. ram any of several harmless New and Old World snakes, of the genus Elaphe, that feed chiefly on small mammals and birds Also called chicken snake • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • rat snake — ☆ rat snake n. any of several large, harmless, rodent eating colubrid snakes (genus Elaphe) of E and SW North America …   English World dictionary

  • Rat snake — Taxobox name = Colubrids image width = 240px image caption = A yellow rat snake regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata subphylum = Vertebrata classis = Sauropsida subclassis = Diapsida infraclassis = Lepidosauromorpha superordo = Lepidosauria ordo …   Wikipedia

  • rat snake — noun any of various nonvenomous rodent eating snakes of North America and Asia • Hypernyms: ↑colubrid snake, ↑colubrid • Hyponyms: ↑corn snake, ↑red rat snake, ↑Elaphe guttata, ↑black rat snake, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • rat snake — any of several New and Old World colubrid snakes, of the genus Elaphe, that feed chiefly on small mammals and birds. Also called house snake. [1855 60] * * * Any of 40–55 snake species in the genus Elaphe (family Colubridae) and similar forms,… …   Universalium

  • rat snake — noun a harmless constricting snake that feeds on rats and other small mammals. [Elaphe obsoleta (N. America), Ptyas mucosus (Asia), and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Grey Rat Snake — Gray s Ratsnake is a name of another snake, Coluber ventromaculatus Taxobox name = Gray Rat Snake regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Reptilia ordo = Squamata familia = Colubridae genus = Elaphe species = E. obsoleta subspecies = E. o.… …   Wikipedia

  • Baja California Rat Snake — Taxobox name = Baja California Rat Snake image width = 192px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Reptilia ordo = Squamata familia = Colubridae genus = Bogertophis species = B. rosaliae binomial = Bogertrophis rosaliae binomial authority …   Wikipedia

  • Beauty rat snake — Taiwanese Beauty Snake (Orthriophis taeniura friesi) Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

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