grass snake


noun
  1. Also called ring snake. a common European snake, Natrix natrix, having a collar of bright orange or yellow.

  2. any of various small, slender snakes of North America, as the garter snake or green snake.

Origin of grass snake

1
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

Words Nearby grass snake

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How to use grass snake in a sentence

  • The shriek of the field-mouse startled you no more, nor the swift dry rustle of the grass-snake.

    Rest Harrow | Maurice Hewlett
  • Grass-snake and viper have crawled away into warm hiding places in banks or among the roots of trees.

    In the West Country | Francis A. Knight
  • There, curled up under the tiny spear of green, was a young grass snake about three inches long.

    Natalie: A Garden Scout | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • He had expended the enormous sum of a shilling the day before on a grass snake.

    More William | Richmal Crompton
  • I will run from a snake no longer than your little finger—in fact, I'm just as scared of a little grass snake as I am of a python.

    The Hunted Woman | James Oliver Curwood

British Dictionary definitions for grass snake

grass snake

noun
  1. a harmless nonvenomous European colubrid snake, Natrix natrix, having a brownish-green body with variable markings

  2. any of several similar related European snakes, such as Natrix maura (viperine grass snake)

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