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milk snake

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, Americanism; so called because they were said to suck milk from cows Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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

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