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blacksnake

or black snake

[ blak-sneyk ]
/ ˈblækˌsneɪk /
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noun

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).
any of various other snakes of a black or very dark color.
a heavy, tapering, flexible whip of braided cowhide or the like.

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Origin of blacksnake

An Americanism dating back to 1625–35; black + snake
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British Dictionary definitions for blacksnake

blacksnake
/ (ˈblækˌsneɪk) /

noun

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