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water snake

  1. any of numerous and widely distributed harmless snakes of the genus Natrix, inhabiting areas in or near fresh water.
  2. any of various other snakes living in or frequenting water.
  3. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Hydrus.
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Origin of water snake

First recorded in 1595–1605
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Historical Examples of 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.

  • He would have found it worse than cutting off the heads of the water-snake.

    Furze the Cruel

    John Trevena

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for water snake

water snake

  1. 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
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