[ kohch-hwip, -wip ]

  1. a whip, usually having a long lash, used in driving a coach horse.

  2. Also called coachwhip snake . a long, slender snake, Masticophis flagellum, of the southern U.S. and Mexico, having a thin tail resembling a braided whip.

Origin of coachwhip

First recorded in 1730–40; coach + whip

Words Nearby coachwhip Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use coachwhip in a sentence

  • Nobody spares a rattlesnake, however much they might wish to let an innocent coachwhip or a common gartersnake get away.

  • That interesting bird—the coachwhip Bird—is far more often heard than seen.

    An Australian Bird Book | John Albert Leach