ribbon snake

  1. 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.

Origin of ribbon snake

An Americanism dating back to 1730–40

Words Nearby ribbon snake

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ribbon snake in a sentence

  • 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
  • In the Western ribbon snake the back stripe is darker than those on the side, or in some instances a different color.

    Pathfinder | Alan Douglas