black-snake

blacksnake

[blak-sneyk]
noun
1.
Also called black racer. a blackish racer, Coluber constrictor subspecies, of the eastern U.S., that grows to a length of 6 feet (1.8 meters).
2.
any of various other snakes of a black or very dark color.
3.
a heavy, tapering, flexible whip of braided cowhide or the like.
Also, black snake.


Origin:
1625–35, Americanism; black + snake

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blacksnake (ˈblækˌsneɪk)
 
n
1.  any of several Old World black venomous elapid snakes, esp Pseudechis porphyriacus (Australian blacksnake)
2.  any of various dark nonvenomous snakes, such as Coluber constrictor (black racer)
3.  (US), (Canadian) a long heavy pliant whip of braided leather or rawhide

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