Masticophis

noun
Mas·tic·o·phis | \maˈstikəfə̇s, ˌmastəˈkōf-\

Definition of Masticophis 

: a common genus of harmless New World snakes (family Colubridae) comprising the whip snakes and related forms

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History and Etymology for Masticophis

New Latin, from mastic- (irregular from Greek mastig-, mastix whip) + -ophis

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