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grass snake

noun
1.
Also called ring snake. a common European snake, Natrix natrix, having a collar of bright orange or yellow.
2.
any of various small, slender snakes of North America, as the garter snake or green snake.
Origin of grass snake
1835-1845
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45
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  • The "grass snake" is a common snake of the northeastern states.

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  • The eye has a round pupil like that of the grass snake, and this helps to give it a similar gentle appearance.

  • It never attains to so large a size as the grass snake, its maximum length being two feet.

  • He had expended the enormous sum of a shilling the day before on a grass snake.

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British Dictionary definitions for grass snake

grass snake

noun
1.
a harmless nonvenomous European colubrid snake, Natrix natrix, having a brownish-green body with variable markings
2.
any of several similar related European snakes, such as Natrix maura (viperine grass snake)
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