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coral snake

any of numerous venomous elapid snakes, found chiefly in the New World tropics, as Micrurus fulvius (eastern coral snake) of the southeastern U.S., often brilliantly marked with bands of red, yellow, and black.
any of several other snakes, as of the genus Calliophis, of Asia, having red markings.
Origin of coral snake
First recorded in 1750-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • coral snake,” said Mr. Holton, recognizing the striped body.

    Lost in the Wilds of Brazil

    James H. Foster
  • He had once brought me a coral snake, but I could not call him by name.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • And, not waiting for the squatter's answer, the monk imitated thrice the hiss of the coral snake.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • Viewing it closely, I found that it was a coral snake, famed as much for its beauty and singularity as for its deadly character.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • A coral snake struck at me when I reached for it, but he hit my machete instead.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • A coral snake fell out of the folds of my towel when I went to take a shower.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • We had no adventures by the way, except the killing of a coral snake which lay in the middle of the road.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
British Dictionary definitions for coral snake

coral snake

any venomous elapid snake of the genus Micrurus and related genera, of tropical and subtropical America, marked with red, black, yellow, and white transverse bands
any of various other brightly coloured elapid snakes of Africa and SE Asia
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