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grass snake

Also called ring snake. a common European snake, Natrix natrix, having a collar of bright orange or yellow.
any of various small, slender snakes of North America, as the garter snake or green snake.
Origin of grass snake
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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

a harmless nonvenomous European colubrid snake, Natrix natrix, having a brownish-green body with variable markings
any of several similar related European snakes, such as Natrix maura (viperine grass snake)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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