whip snake

whipsnake

[hwip-sneyk, wip-]
noun
1.
any of several long, slender New World snakes of the genus Masticophis, the tail of which resembles a whip.
2.
any of various similar or related snakes.
Also, whip snake.


Origin:
1765–75; whip + snake

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whip snake
 
n
1.  any of several long slender fast-moving nonvenomous snakes of the colubrid genus Coluber, such as C. hippocrepis (horseshoe whipsnake) of Eurasia
2.  any of various other slender nonvenomous snakes, such as Masticophis flagellum (coachwhip snake) of the US

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