grass snake

  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

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

Words Nearby grass snake Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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

  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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