- any of several venomous marine snakes of the family Hydrophidae, having a finlike tail.
Origin of sea snake
First recorded in 1745–55
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Examples from the Web for sea snake
He had always thought it incredible that the boa-constrictor should be larger than any sea-snake.A Simpleton
Upon this I inquired what was the matter; and was informed that there was a sea-snake before us.
The red egg of the sea-snake was a powerful talisman, whose virtue nothing could equal; it was to be worn around the neck.The Queer, the Quaint and the Quizzical
Frank H. Stauffer
Upon this I inquired what was the matter, and was informed that there was a sea-snake before us.
In the meantime this sea-snake passed by us, and we were obliged to tack the vessel about, in order to get nearer to it.
- any venomous snake of the family Hydrophiidae, of tropical seas, that swims by means of a laterally compressed oarlike tail
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