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[kol-uh-brid, -yuh-]
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  1. any of numerous, typically harmless snakes constituting the family Colubridae, having no vestigial limbs, a scale-covered head and body with a mostly bare face, and belly scales usually as wide as the body, including garter snakes, bull snakes, water snakes, racers, vine and tree snakes, and other temperate-to-tropical species, comprising about two-thirds of all living snakes.
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Colubridae.

Origin of colubrid

1885–90; < New Latin Colubridae name of the family, equivalent to Colubr- (stem of Coluber a genus, Latin coluber snake) + -idae -id2
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  1. any snake of the family Colubridae, including many harmless snakes, such as the grass snake and whip snakes, and some venomous types
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Colubridae

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Colubridae, from Latin coluber snake
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