El·​a·​phe | \ ˈelə(ˌ)fē \

Definition of Elaphe

: a large genus of colubrid snakes comprising the rat snakes that are widely distributed in the northern hemisphere where they are valuable as destroyers of rodents — see corn snake, fox snake, leopard snake

History and Etymology for Elaphe

New Latin, probably from Greek elaphē deerskin, from elaphos deer

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“Elaphe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Elaphe. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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