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blacksnake

[blak-sneyk] /ˈblækˌsneɪk/
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
1625-1635
1625-35, Americanism; black + snake
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British Dictionary definitions for black-snake

blacksnake

/ˈblækˌsneɪk/
noun
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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