milk snake

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any of numerous, usually brightly marked king snakes of the subspecies Lampropeltis triangulum (doliata), of North America.


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Also called house snake, milk adder.

Origin of milk snake

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800; so called because they were said to suck milk from cows
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How to use milk snake in a sentence

  • And, gliding like a lovely and innocent milk snake out of his grasp, she slipped away.

  • Near them a milk snake had stowed himself away in a crevice, and in the little earthquake which we set up got badly crushed.

    Under the Maples|John Burroughs
  • The Red Milk Snake is prettily colored—red and yellow—and is the type found in the south.

    Pathfinder|Alan Douglas
  • After one has seen a copperhead he is not likely to confuse it with the milk snake or any other.

British Dictionary definitions for milk snake

milk snake

a nonvenomous brown-and-grey North American colubrid snake Lampropeltis doliata, related to the king snakes
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