[kol-uh-brahyn, -brin, -yuh-]


of or resembling a snake; snakelike.
belonging or pertaining to the subfamily Colubrinae, comprising the typical colubrid snakes.

Origin of colubrine

1520–30; < Latin colubrīnus, equivalent to colubr- (stem of coluber) snake + -īnus -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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