grass snake


noun

Also called ring snake. a common European snake, Natrix natrix, having a collar of bright orange or yellow.
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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Example sentences from the Web for grass snake

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

    Rest Harrow|Maurice Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for grass snake

grass snake

noun

a harmless nonvenomous European colubrid snake, Natrix natrix, having a brownish-green body with variable markings
any of several similar related European snakes, such as Natrix maura (viperine grass snake)
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