or whip snake

[hwip-sneyk, wip-]


any of several long, slender New World snakes of the genus Masticophis, the tail of which resembles a whip.
any of various similar or related snakes.

Nearby words

  1. whipray,
  2. whips,
  3. whipsaw,
  4. whipsawed,
  5. whipscorpion,
  6. whipstall,
  7. whipstitch,
  8. whipstock,
  9. whiptail,
  10. whiptail wallaby

Origin of whipsnake

First recorded in 1765–75; whip + snake

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British Dictionary definitions for whip snake

whip snake


any of several long slender fast-moving nonvenomous snakes of the colubrid genus Coluber, such as C. hippocrepis (horseshoe whipsnake) of Eurasia
any of various other slender nonvenomous snakes, such as Masticophis flagellum (coachwhip snake) of the US
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