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hoop snake

any of several harmless snakes, as the mud snake and rainbow snake, fabled to take its tail in its mouth and roll along like a hoop.
Origin of hoop snake
1775-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Thought you might like to know the chu-wugg turned into a hoop-snake this morning!

    Once a Greech Evelyn E. Smith
  • I confess I was deceived in—I won't say that man, but that hoop-snake.

    A Dream of Empire William Henry Venable
  • I heard an old hunter say he once stood by a lone tree on the prairie and saw a hoop-snake come rolling toward the tree.

British Dictionary definitions for hoop-snake

hoop snake

any of various North American snakes, such as the mud snake (Farancia abacura), that were formerly thought to hold the tail in the mouth and roll along like a hoop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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