milk-snake

milk snake

noun
any of numerous, usually brightly marked king snakes of the subspecies Lampropeltis triangulum (doliata ), of North America.
Also called house snake, milk adder.


Origin:
1790–1800, Americanism; so called because they were said to suck milk from cows

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

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