ribbon snake

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noun

either of two long-tailed garter snakes, Thamnophis proximus or T. sauritus, of eastern and central North America, having a brownish body and yellow or orange stripes.

Nearby words

  1. ribbon copy,
  2. ribbon development,
  3. ribbon lightning,
  4. ribbon microphone,
  5. ribbon plant,
  6. ribbon strip,
  7. ribbon window,
  8. ribbon worm,
  9. ribbonfish,
  10. ribbonwood

Origin of ribbon snake

An Americanism dating back to 1730–40

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Examples from the Web for ribbon snake

  • Moosewood looks slender and striped as a ribbon-snake, and limbs of the hop-hornbeam have the appearance of sinews.

    In the Open|Stanton Davis Kirkham