or black snake

  1. Also called black racer. a blackish racer, Coluber constrictor subspecies, of the eastern U.S., that grows to a length of 6 feet (1.8 meters).
  2. any of various other snakes of a black or very dark color.
  3. a heavy, tapering, flexible whip of braided cowhide or the like.

Origin of blacksnake

An Americanism dating back to 1625–35; black + snake Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. any of several Old World black venomous elapid snakes, esp Pseudechis porphyriacus (Australian blacksnake)
  2. any of various dark nonvenomous snakes, such as Coluber constrictor (black racer)
  3. US and Canadian a long heavy pliant whip of braided leather or rawhide
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