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grass snake

Also called ring snake. a common European snake, Natrix natrix, having a collar of bright orange or yellow.
any of various small, slender snakes of North America, as the garter snake or green snake.
Origin of grass snake
1835-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • grass-snake and viper have crawled away into warm hiding places in banks or among the roots of trees.

    In the West Country Francis A. Knight
  • The shriek of the field-mouse startled you no more, nor the swift dry rustle of the grass-snake.

    Rest Harrow Maurice Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for grass-snake

grass snake

a harmless nonvenomous European colubrid snake, Natrix natrix, having a brownish-green body with variable markings
any of several similar related European snakes, such as Natrix maura (viperine grass snake)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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