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milk snake

noun
1.
any of numerous, usually brightly marked king snakes of the subspecies Lampropeltis triangulum (doliata), of North America.
Also called house snake, milk adder.
Origin of milk snake
1790-1800
1790-1800, Americanism; so called because they were said to suck milk from cows
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  • Near them a milk snake had stowed himself away in a crevice, and in the little earthquake which we set up got badly crushed.

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  • After one has seen a copperhead he is not likely to confuse it with the milk snake or any other.

British Dictionary definitions for milk snake

milk snake

noun
1.
a nonvenomous brown-and-grey North American colubrid snake Lampropeltis doliata, related to the king snakes
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