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king snake

or kingsnake

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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  • The king-snake is the longest of all others, and not common; no Snake (they say) will meddle with them.

  • The king-snake should be protected in regions infested by "rattlers."

  • Well, he's harmless, I think—a king-snake, if I am not mistaken.

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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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