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king snake

any of several New World constrictors of the genus Lampropeltis, that often feed on other snakes.
Origin of king snake
1700-10, Americanism; king + snake Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for king snake
  • One of the bouts of the show is a detailed struggle between a king snake and a rattler.
  • When the king snake attacks a poisonous snake, it is usually bitten, but the venom has no effect on the king snake.
  • The coral king snake: a predator on the russet-backed thrush.
  • If red and yellow never touch, it's a scarlet snake or a scarlet king snake, both of which are non-venomous and much more common.
  • These species include the mud, rainbow, and scarlet king snake.
  • It is similar to the poisonous coral snake, the scarlet king snake and the milk snake.
  • The king snake had trapped the water snake and was enjoying its lunch.
British Dictionary definitions for king snake

king snake

any nonvenomous North American colubrid snake of the genus Lampropeltis, feeding on other snakes, small mammals, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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