- any of numerous and widely distributed harmless snakes of the genus Natrix, inhabiting areas in or near fresh water.
- any of various other snakes living in or frequenting water.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Hydrus.
Origin of water snake
First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for water snake
With a cry, he looked back, expecting to see a water-snake gliding off.In the Morning of Time
Charles G. D. Roberts
This epithet is applied by him to the lion, the boar, and the water-snake.Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age, Vol. 1 of 3
W. E. Gladstone
He would have found it worse than cutting off the heads of the water-snake.Furze the Cruel
On the right flank, the Water-snake and Johnny Silver at the same intervals.The Little Red Foot
Robert W. Chambers
Well,” said the water-snake, “get on my back, and I will take you across this river.Indian Fairy Tales
- any of various colubrid snakes that live in or near water, esp any of numerous harmless North American snakes of the genus Natrix, such as N. sipedon