sea snake
noun Date: 1755 1. sea serpent 2. any of numerous venomous aquatic chiefly viviparous elapid snakes of warm seas

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  • Sea snake — (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of many species of venomous aquatic snakes of the family {Hydrophid[ae]}, having a flattened tail and living entirely in the sea, especially in the warmer parts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They feed upon fishes, and are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea snake — n any of a family (Hydrophidae) of numerous venomous snakes inhabiting the tropical parts of the Pacific and Indian oceans * * * a snake of the family Hydrophiidae …   Medical dictionary

  • sea snake — sea′ snake n. ram any of several venomous marine snakes of the family Hydrophidae, having a finlike tail • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • sea snake — n. any of a large subfamily (Hydrophiinae) of poisonous elapine snakes with a flattened, oarlike tail, living in tropical seas …   English World dictionary

  • Sea snake — Taxobox name = Sea snake image caption = Yellow bellied sea snake, Pelamis platurus regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata subphylum = Vertebrata classis = Reptilia ordo = Squamata subordo = Serpentes familia = Elapidae familia authority = Boie,… …   Wikipedia

  • sea snake — noun any of numerous venomous aquatic viviparous snakes having a fin like tail; of warm littoral seas; feed on fish which they immobilize with quick acting venom • Hypernyms: ↑snake, ↑serpent, ↑ophidian • Member Holonyms: ↑Hydrophidae, ↑family… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea snake — any of several venomous marine snakes of the family Hydrophidae, having a finlike tail. [1745 55] * * * Any of some 50 species (family Hydrophiidae) of venomous, marine snakes with an oarlike tail and flattened body. Most are found along coasts… …   Universalium

  • sea snake — noun a venomous marine snake found in warm coastal waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans. [Subfamily Hydrophiinae: several species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • sea snake — noun Any of several snakes, of the family Hydrophiidae, that live in the waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans …   Wiktionary

  • sea snake — n. any of venomous tropical marine snakes …   English contemporary dictionary

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