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sea snake

any of several venomous marine snakes of the family Hydrophidae, having a finlike tail.
Origin of sea snake
First recorded in 1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sea snake
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  • I have known of more than one death through the bite of a sea snake.

    Jack at Sea George Manville Fenn
  • Occasionally we saw a sea snake navigating the ocean all by himself.

    Death Valley in '49 William Lewis Manly
  • Quick moving fishes flash around her body in the dim blue twilight, and a sea snake is coiled about her legs.

    William Blake Irene Langridge
  • In tropical waters a sea snake is found, which, though very poisonous, rarely bites.

British Dictionary definitions for sea snake

sea snake

any venomous snake of the family Hydrophiidae, of tropical seas, that swims by means of a laterally compressed oarlike tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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