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bullsnake

or bull snake

[boo l-sneyk] /ˈbʊlˌsneɪk/
noun
1.
any of several large North American constrictors of the genus Pituophis, as the gopher snake and pine snake, that feed chiefly upon small rodents.
Origin of bullsnake
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism; bull1 + snake
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  • All three jumped and screamed: their nerve had been sadly weakened by the bull snake.

  • The Pine or bull snake is one of the largest snakes found in the east.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • The bull snake is said to grow to an enormous size, and is a kind of North American python or boa.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • Almost everyone has heard of the bull snake, but its name is a poor one, for it has the wrong connotation.

  • Elinor recalled the September day when the bull snake lay sunning itself on this very stone.

    A Master's Degree Margaret Hill McCarter
  • However, it healed so promptly that it was quite apparent that the bull snake's bite is not toxic.

  • A bull snake is a harmless creature, and he is the farmer's friend.

    A Master's Degree Margaret Hill McCarter
  • Victor Burleigh stood on the stone where four years ago the bull snake had stretched itself in the lazy sunshine.

    A Master's Degree Margaret Hill McCarter
  • I knew you had good blood in your veins even when I saw you kill that bull snake.

    A Master's Degree Margaret Hill McCarter
British Dictionary definitions for bull snake

bull snake

noun
1.
any burrowing North American nonvenomous colubrid snake of the genus Pituophis, typically having yellow and brown markings Also called gopher snake
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