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water snake

noun
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.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605
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Examples from the web for water snake
  • But suddenly, out of the depths of the pond, a water snake raised his horrid head.
  • Many animals depend on stealth to catch prey, but a small tentacled water snake resorts to downright trickery.
  • Mistaken for copperheads, but northern water snake bands are wider at spine, and taper to belly.
  • The banded water snake is often mis-identified as a copperhead because of similar coloration.
British Dictionary definitions for water snake

water snake

noun
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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