- any of several harmless snakes, as the mud snake and rainbow snake, fabled to take its tail in its mouth and roll along like a hoop.
Origin of hoop snake
An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for hoop snake
Thought you might like to know the chu-wugg turned into a hoop-snake this morning!Once a Greech
Evelyn E. Smith
I confess I was deceived in—I won't say that man, but that hoop-snake.A Dream of Empire
William Henry Venable
I heard an old hunter say he once stood by a lone tree on the prairie and saw a hoop-snake come rolling toward the tree.
- any of various North American snakes, such as the mud snake (Farancia abacura), that were formerly thought to hold the tail in the mouth and roll along like a hoop