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or black snake

[blak-sneyk] /ˈblækˌsneɪk/
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).
any of various other snakes of a black or very dark color.
a heavy, tapering, flexible whip of braided cowhide or the like.
Origin of blacksnake
1625-35, Americanism; black + snake Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Gee-up," I shouted to my cows, and cracked my blacksnake over their backs; and they strained slowly into the yoke.

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
  • It was quite on the cards that the old-timer might use a blacksnake whip on him.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • He knows all about Mr. blacksnake and that really he is a coward.

    The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad Thornton W. Burgess
  • He knew by the sound of the rustling that Mr. blacksnake was right at his heels.

  • And the teamster pranced out and brandished his blacksnake whip menacingly.

  • You see, he knew right away why Mr. blacksnake had asked after him.

    The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad Thornton W. Burgess
  • You see he had seen little Luke's battle with the blacksnake and was drumming and screaming for joy.

  • He had been teaming in the nearby woods, and the blacksnake whip was in his hands.

    Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton
  • In his hand he held a long, blacksnake whip to administer punishment.

    The Cave by the Beech Fork Henry S. Spalding
  • "Maybe he won't meet Mr. blacksnake," said a little voice inside of Jimmy.

    The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad Thornton W. Burgess
British Dictionary definitions for blacksnake


any of several Old World black venomous elapid snakes, esp Pseudechis porphyriacus (Australian blacksnake)
any of various dark nonvenomous snakes, such as Coluber constrictor (black racer)
(US & Canadian) a long heavy pliant whip of braided leather or rawhide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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