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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.
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Origin of grass snake

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for grass snake

Historical Examples

  • 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


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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