sea snake

  1. any of several venomous marine snakes of the family Hydrophidae, having a finlike tail.

Origin of sea snake

First recorded in 1745–55

Words Nearby sea snake Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sea snake in a sentence

  • Some of the Pacific islands, like Tuvalu, Nauru, and Kiribati, don’t have land snakes but do have local sea snakes.

  • In the meantime this sea-snake passed by us, and we were obliged to tack the vessel about, in order to get nearer to it.

    Mythical Monsters | Charles Gould
  • Mr. J. Ramus records a large sea-snake which was seen in 1687 by many people in Dramsfiorden.

    Mythical Monsters | Charles Gould
  • I get up, quite contrary to my usual custom (but one must sleep or die, like Southeys sea-snake in Kehama) at twelve.

    The Love Affairs of Lord Byron | Francis Henry Gribble
  • There wasn't no threshin' around and flurryin', but the vicious brute acted just like some kind of a sea-snake.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler

British Dictionary definitions for sea snake

sea snake

  1. any venomous snake of the family Hydrophiidae, of tropical seas, that swims by means of a laterally compressed oarlike tail

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