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sea snake

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  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • He had always thought it incredible that the boa-constrictor should be larger than any sea-snake.

    A Simpleton

    Charles Reade

  • Upon this I inquired what was the matter; and was informed that there was a sea-snake before us.

    Mythical Monsters

    Charles Gould

  • The red egg of the sea-snake was a powerful talisman, whose virtue nothing could equal; it was to be worn around the neck.

  • 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.

    Mythical Monsters

    Charles Gould

British Dictionary definitions for sea snake

sea snake

  1. any venomous snake of the family Hydrophiidae, of tropical seas, that swims by means of a laterally compressed oarlike tail
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