[ kol-uh-brahyn, -brin, -yuh- ]
/ ˈkɒl əˌbraɪn, -brɪn, -yə- /
of or resembling a snake; snakelike.
belonging or pertaining to the subfamily Colubrinae, comprising the typical colubrid snakes.
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Origin of colubrine
1520–30; <Latin colubrīnus, equivalent to colubr- (stem of coluber) snake + -īnus-ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for colubrine
/ (ˈkɒljʊˌbraɪn, -brɪn) /
of or resembling a snake
of, relating to, or belonging to the Colubrinae, a subfamily of harmless colubrid snakes
Word Origin for colubrine
C16: from Latin colubrīnus, from coluber snake
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