Definition of Xenopeltidae
: a family of harmless terrestrial or burrowing snakes that is intermediate in many respects between the Boidae and Colubridae and includes solely the sunbeam snake
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Origin and Etymology of xenopeltidae
New Latin, from Xenopeltis, type genus (from xen- + Greek peltē small shield) + -idae
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