hognose snake

[ hawg-nohz, hog- ]
/ ˈhɔgˌnoʊz, ˈhɒg- /

noun

any harmless North American snake of the genus Heterodon, the several species having an upturned snout and noted for flattening the head or playing dead when disturbed.

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Origin of hognose snake

An Americanism dating back to 1730–40; hog + nose
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British Dictionary definitions for hognose snake

hognose snake
/ (ˈhɒɡˌnəʊz) /

noun

any North American nonvenomous colubrid snake of the genus Heterodon, having a trowel-shaped snout and inflating the body when alarmedAlso called: puff adder
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