king snake

or king·snake

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noun

any of several New World constrictors of the genus Lampropeltis, that often feed on other snakes.

Origin of king snake

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; king + snake
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Historical Examples of king snake

  • The king-snake should be protected in regions infested by "rattlers."

  • Well, he's harmless, I think—a king-snake, if I am not mistaken.

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  • The King-Snake is the longest of all others, and not common; no Snake (they say) will meddle with them.


British Dictionary definitions for king snake

king snake

noun

any nonvenomous North American colubrid snake of the genus Lampropeltis, feeding on other snakes, small mammals, etc
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