hognose-snake

hognose snake

[hawg-nohz, hog-]
noun
any harmless North American snake of the genus Heterodon, the several species having an upturned snout and noted for flattening the head or playing dead when disturbed.

Origin:
1730–40, Americanism; hog + nose

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hognose snake (ˈhɒɡˌnəʊz)
 
n
Also called: puff adder any North American nonvenomous colubrid snake of the genus Heterodon, having a trowel-shaped snout and inflating the body when alarmed

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