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water snake

any of numerous and widely distributed harmless snakes of the genus Natrix, inhabiting areas in or near fresh water.
any of various other snakes living in or frequenting water.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Hydrus.
Origin of water snake
1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Well,” said the water-snake, “get on my back, and I will take you across this river.

    Indian Fairy Tales Anonymous
  • On the right flank, the water-snake and Johnny Silver at the same intervals.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • She extricated herself, not roughly, yet a little hastily—like a water-snake gliding out of the other sweet serpent's folds.

  • To borrow a simile from Dante, his foes are like frogs scurrying away from the approach of their great foe, the water-snake.

  • Here are two sorts of very large snakes or serpents: one of them a land-snake, the other a water-snake.

    A Voyage to New Holland William Dampier
  • It resembled some kind of water-snake more than a fish, but Guapo knew it was not a snake, but an eel.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Yang Oerlang, when he saw the water-snake creep from the water, turned into an eagle and spread his claws to seize the snake.

  • They met with no people on the isle; but saw a large bat, and some birds, and caught a water-snake.

  • When the latter was no further away than the length of a beak, the ape turned, crept ashore as a water-snake and hid in the grass.

  • A liendoeng (water-snake), brilliantly striped with red and black, made the women scream with fright.

British Dictionary definitions for water-snake

water snake

any of various colubrid snakes that live in or near water, esp any of numerous harmless North American snakes of the genus Natrix, such as N. sipedon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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