whipsnake

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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