plural noun

: 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

Word History


New Latin, from Xenopeltis, type genus (from xen- + Greek peltē small shield) + -idae

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“Xenopeltidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Xenopeltidae. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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