coach-whip

coachwhip

[kohch-hwip, -wip]
noun
1.
a whip, usually having a long lash, used in driving a coach horse.
2.
Also called coachwhip snake. a long, slender snake, Masticophis flagellum, of the southern U.S. and Mexico, having a thin tail resembling a braided whip.

Origin:
1730–40; coach + whip

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coachwhip

noun
1. desert shrub of southwestern United States and Mexico having slender naked spiny branches that after the rainy season put forth foliage and clusters of red flowers [syn: ocotillo
2. a whipsnake of southern United States and Mexico; tail resembles a braided whip 
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