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coachwhip

[kohch-hwip, -wip] /ˈkoʊtʃˌʰwɪp, -ˌwɪp/
noun
1.
a whip, usually having a long lash, used in driving a coach horse.
2.
Also called coachwhip snake. a long, slender snake, Masticophis flagellum, of the southern U.S. and Mexico, having a thin tail resembling a braided whip.
Origin of coachwhip
1730-1740
First recorded in 1730-40; coach + whip
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  • That interesting bird—the coachwhip Bird—is far more often heard than seen.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach

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