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garter snake

noun
  1. any of numerous harmless snakes of the genus Thamnophis, common in North and Central America, ranging in size from 14 to 30 inches (36 to 76 cm) and typically having three longitudinal stripes on the back.
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Origin of garter snake

An Americanism dating back to 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for garter snake

Historical Examples

  • It was black and had a yellow stripe in it like unto one of those yellow stripes the garter-snake wears on his back.

    The Story of Opal

    Opal Whiteley

  • Did you ever see a lot of boys going home from school, when a garter-snake, or any other harmless serpent, crosses their path?

  • He don't never go to school hardly 'thout a garter-snake or two or a lizard or a toad-frog somewheres about him.

    Sonny, A Christmas Guest

    Ruth McEnery Stuart


British Dictionary definitions for garter snake

garter snake

noun
  1. any nonvenomous North American colubrid snake of the genus Thamnophis, typically marked with longitudinal stripes
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